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DEC 2018

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Page 9 of 52 December 2018 | ST 9 soundings )) Historic Ban on Arctic Fishing. Protection of the Arctic has been a significant gap in international ocean gover- nance. A major move has been made to protect the region's resources through a new landmark global agreement that has resulted in a fishing ban in the Arctic Ocean, Climate Action reported. The European Union, Canada, China, Denmark, Iceland, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Russia and the United States agreed to the deal; collectively, they make up 75 percent of global GDP. The agreement states that commercial fishing in the high-seas portion of the Central Arctic Ocean will be banned until scientists can confirm that it can be done sustainably. The agreement will enter into force when all parties have ratified it. The Arctic region is warming at almost three times the global average rate, causing a change in the size and distribution of fish stocks. As warming opens up previously inaccessible parts of the ocean, the Arctic high seas could become more attractive to commercial fisheries in the medium to long term. Recently, the U.K. government announced its support to protect 30 percent of the world's oceans in a bid to protect marine life. In September, the United Nations concluded its first session on creating an intergovernmental legally binding treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean waters. The second session is scheduled for March 2019. )) Big Data Project for Safety. The Blue Marine Foundation, a charity dedicated to creating marine reserves and es- tablishing sustainable models of fishing, has embarked on a big data project to investigate how data can be used to support safety in inshore waters. OceanWise will provide the mapping data for situational awareness and to allow multiple sources of data to be integrated using location as the common link. The assembly of disparate data sets into a spatial data infrastructure will inform safety and risk assessments and allow preventative measures to be established and resources used in emergency response to be more effective. )) Unprecedented Manned Sub Expedition to Broadcast. After three years of intensive efforts from some of the world's leading oceanographers, submarine engineers and scientists, the Five Deeps Expedition is launching as the first global ocean journey to send a manned submersible vessel farther and deeper than any in history. An expedition of this size and scope has never before been attempted. Discovery and Science Channel will capture the entire mis- sion in the "Deep Planet" series to air in 2019. A collaboration between investor and explorer Victor Vescovo of Ca- ladan Oceanic, Triton Submarines and EYOS Expeditions, the Five Deeps Expedition will deploy a two-person deep- sea research submersible named the Limiting Factor—the first commercially certified full-ocean-depth submersible. It will be transported and deployed into the ocean depths by the Pressure Drop, a ship retrofitted exclusively for the expedition. The mission will include dives to: Puerto Rico Trench (Atlantic Ocean, 8,648 m); South Sandwich Trench (Southern Ocean, 8,428 m); Java Trench (Indian Ocean, 7,725 m); Mariana Trench/Challenger Deep (Pacific Ocean, 10,898 m); and Malloy Deep (Arctic Ocean, 5,669 m). )) Intel AI, Rolls-Royce Collaborate on Autonomous Shipping. Rolls-Royce is working to add autonomous ship- ping systems to its portfolio via artificial intelligence (AI) powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel 3D NAND SSDs for storage. "Delivering these systems is all about processing—moving and storing huge volumes of data—and that is where Intel comes in," said Lisa Spelman of Intel. Ships will have dedicated Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based servers on board, turning them into cutting-edge floating data centers with heavy computation and AI inference capabilities. Rolls-Royce's Intelligent Awareness System (IA) uses AI-powered sensor fusion and decision making by processing data from LiDAR, radar, thermal cameras, HD cameras, satellite data and weather forecasts. The data will enable vessels to become aware of their surroundings, improving safety by detecting objects several kilometers away, even in busy ports. This is especially important when operating at night, in adverse weather conditions or in congested waterways. Data collected by the vessels are stored using Intel 3D NAND SSDs, acting as a "black box," securing the information for training and analysis once the ship is docked. Even compressed, data captured by each vessel can reach up to 1 TB per day or 30 to 40 TB over a month-long voyage, making storage a critical component of the intelligent solution. Ninety percent of world trade is carried out via international ship- ping—a number that is projected to grow. )) Sonardyne Makes Acquisition. Sonardyne International Ltd. has acquired Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd. (CTG). The acquisition is part of a long-term growth strategy for Sonardyne to diversify into markets where it sees an op- portunity to build on its core technology base and expertise in underwater acoustic and optical communications, navigation and autonomous monitoring systems. The acquisition will enable Sonardyne to strengthen its presence in the maritime, marine and ocean science sectors and create new opportunities in the water environmental, defense and process control markets. Chelsea will gain access to Sonardyne's considerable research, production, testing, compliance and global distribution capabilities, allowing the company to access many more international territories. Chelsea will remain an independent business as part of the Sonardyne group of companies. Chelsea's Brian Phillips will become executive chairman of the company, while Stephen Fasham will move from a senior management role at Sonardyne to become managing director at Chelsea. ST

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