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NOV 2017

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www.sea-technology.com November 2017 / st 9 soundings )) Young Engineers, Scientists Contribute Futuristic Defense Concepts. A futuristic flying fish-styled defense system for the Royal Navy was envisaged by Saab Seaeye systems engineer Ali Roy. With defense dangers acute at the waterline, she de- signed an organic-shaped concept with the nimble agility to both fly and swim to avoid detection or pursue a quarry. Join- ing a team of the U.K.'s brightest young engineers and scientists, Roy was tasked by the Royal Navy, along with the rest of the group, to imagine submarines of the future as part of FutureNest, an offset of UKNEST, a nonprofit forum that promotes the engineering, science and technology interests of U.K. naval defense. The futuristic submarine concepts that emerged from the FutureNest group mimicked living marine life forms and radically change the way underwater warfare could look in 50 years. Other concepts included a crewed mothership shaped like a manta ray, unmanned eel-like vessels with sen- sor pods that dissolve on demand to avoid enemy detection, and fish-shaped torpedoes that swarm against enemy targets. )) EU Makes Actionable Ocean Commitments. At the European Union-hosted Our Ocean conference in Malta in October, the EU committed to 36 tangible actions amounting to more than €550 million and involving activities worldwide to foster healthier, cleaner, safer and more secure seas. Among the commitments are: €37.5 million to ensure maritime security and counterpiracy along the southeastern African coastline and in the Indian Ocean; €4 million of investment in the satellite monitoring program Copernicus in 2017 to support monitoring oil pollution and large-scale commercial fisheries; €2.85 million for marine pollution prevention and preparedness projects; more than €250 million to fund marine and maritime research in 2017; a €14.5 million investment initiative in 2017 to promote a sustainable blue economy in the EU; the launch of the Pacific – European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) program, worth €45 million, to support sustainable management and development of fisheries for food security and economic growth, while addressing climate change re- silience and conservation of marine biodiversity; a €10 million project with the International Maritime Organization on climate change mitigation in the maritime shipping sector; and €1.5 million to cut black carbon emissions in the Arctic. )) Results of MST UK Survey. The Society of Maritime Industries published its ninth annual review of the marine science and technology (MST) sector, focused on U.K. companies. It aims to provide insight into current business activity in terms of market sectors, market size and business confidence. The commercial MST sector reported limited growth in 2016 as the depressed oil price held back exploration demand. This to some extent is being offset by growth in other sectors such as renewables, defense and environmental monitoring. MST companies contribute on average more than £1.35 billion per year to the U.K. economy, with most of the companies exporting worldwide to a total annual value of £569 million. Europe remains the largest market for the MST sector, with Asia Pacific and the Middle East being seen as growth markets. )) Oil Majors Partner on Carbon Storage in Norway. Statoil, Shell and Total have entered a CO 2 storage partnership to mature the development of carbon storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The project is part of the Norwe- gian authorities' efforts to develop full-scale carbon capture and storage in Norway. In June, Gassnova awarded Statoil the contract for the first phase of the project. Norske Shell and Total E&P Norge are now entering as equal partners, and Statoil will lead the project. The first phase could reach a capacity of approximately 1.5 million tons per year. The project will be designed to accommodate additional CO 2 volumes to stimulate new commercial carbon capture projects in Norway, Europe and across the world. This has the potential to be the first storage project site in the world receiving CO 2 from industrial sources in several countries. )) Wärtsilä to Accelerate Intelligent Vessel Outcomes. Wärtsilä has opened the first of four Digital Acceleration Centres (DACs) to speed up the innovation and co-creation with customers on a range of new business models and solutions, including the industry's most advanced intelligent vessel and other groundbreaking projects. The first Digital Acceleration Centre launched in Helsinki, Finland, the second will open in December in Singapore, and two more will open in Central Europe and in North America in 2018. In addition, "pop-up" DACs will be tested with customers around the globe. "By adopting a start-up mindset, we can rapidly prototype ideas with customers, including the use of emerging technolo- gies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, block chain and virtual reality," said Wärtsilä's Chief Digital Officer Marco Ryan. )) NOAA, Liquid Robotics Team to Protect Marine Sanctuaries. Liquid Robotics and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region have agreed to develop solutions to help protect and preserve the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and monuments. Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider will be the core technology to conduct long-term environmental monitoring and surveillance of the Pacific's most diverse and endangered underwater ecosystems. This partnership will help address the critical long-term monitoring and scientific data collection gaps that are not economically feasible with traditional research assets. The innovative use of autonomous systems and services to augment ONMS current resources will greatly enhance the ability to assess and evaluate the increasing threats posed by: illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; water quality and marine debris; coral reef damage and bleaching; and climate change. ST

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