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MAY 2018

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Page 9 of 44 May 2018 | ST 9 soundings )) Saying Goodbye to a True Champion: Marilyn C. Link. It's now been several weeks since we heard the unexpected news. It's still hard to imagine not seeing her roaming the halls of Harbor Branch or working the crowd at many local functions. It's hard to imagine she won't be stopping by my office or sitting next to me at our next board meeting. It's hard to imagine that this vital force, this wise woman with such a big heart, is no longer with us. The official accounting of her 94 years young was summed up in her obituary: Marilyn Calmes Link, sister of famed inventor Edwin A. Link, died March 19, 2018. She was born in Glendale, California in 1924. She graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees in education. Her career included teaching and working in the airline industry. She was recognized with prestigious awards for her numerous accomplishments, including the University Aviation Association Award, the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) President's Distinguished Service Medallion, and honorary doctorate de- grees from the State University of New York and Florida Institute of Technology. In 1974, she started serving as trustee and managing director of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, now part of FAU as the Harbor Branch Oceano- graphic Institute (HBOI). After her retirement in 1982, she served on the HBOI Foundation and was named emeritus in 2008. She served as secretary-treasurer and trustee of the Link Foun- dation, an organization dedicated to the ad- vancement of ocean en- gineering, simulation, aerospace and energy research, where she remained a special adviser until her death. Marilyn was deeply respected by so many colleagues and loved by so many friends and nieces, nephews and godchildren. She will be missed. –Katha Kissman, president and CEO, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation )) Nine Teams Move to XPRIZE Round Two. XPRIZE announced nine finalist teams advancing in the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a three-year global competition challenging teams to advance ocean technologies for rap- id, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration. XPRIZE will award each finalist an equal share of a $1 million milestone prize purse for the ocean mapping and imaging technologies they have developed. Round One testing demonstrated prototypes, and Round Two will test the finalists' technologies in a rigorous real-world world situation that will demonstrate their ability to rapidly map the ocean floor at 4,000-m depth. The finalists were chosen from a field of 19 semifinalists. The teams advancing to the final round are: ARGGONAUTS (Karlsruhe, Germany)—creating two swarms: one swarm in the deep sea and one on the ocean surface; Blue Devil Ocean Engineering – Duke Uni- versity (Durham, North Carolina)—working with heavy-lift aerial drones that drop retrievable diving SONAR pods; CFIS (Arnex-sur-Nyon, Switzerland)—building a fleet of AUVs to map and image the ocean floor using lasers; GEB- CO-NF Alumni (U.S., global)—integrating existing technologies and ocean-mapping experience with an innovative unmanned surface vessel; KUROSHIO (Yokosuka, Japan)—integrating technologies owned by Japanese universi- ties, institutes and companies for a collaborative approach centered around AUVs; PISCES (Portugal)—aggregating Portuguese technologies to create the PISCES system that leverages cooperative robotics; Team Tao (Newcastle, U.K.)—developing an autonomous swarm system for rapid surface to deep-ocean exploration; Texas A&M Ocean Engineering (College Station, Texas)—using drone ships and AUVs to explore remote ocean habitats; and Virginia DEEP-X (Virginia)—developing small and low-cost underwater vehicles that operate in coordinated teams. Round Two, the final testing, will take place October and November 2018. )) Maritime Blockchain Labs. Lloyd's Register Foundation and Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC) an- nounced a funding partnership to set up Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), which will explore the use of blockchain for the assurance and safety of critical infrastructure and drive new business models for the global maritime indus- try. The collaboration will provide resources for Maritime Blockchain Labs to pursue three demonstrator projects focused on aspects of risk and safety where distributed systems can enable breakthrough solutions. MBL will foster innovation and collaboration between blockchain practitioners and industry actors, share knowledge and best prac- tices, collectively define problems, and shape solutions that are open and interoperable. )) World's First Autonomous Shipping Company. Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg are joining forces to offer a complete value chain for autonomous ships, from design and development to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations. Massterly is a new company that will establish infrastructure and services to design and operate vessels, as well as advanced logistics solutions associated with maritime autonomous operations. Land-based control centers will be established to monitor and operate autonomous ships in Norway and internationally. The new joint venture company will be based at offices in Lysaker, Norway, and be fully operational from August 2018. ST

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