Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shallow Survey 2015 Common Dataset Collection Has Begun

The first sonar manufacturer has arrived in Plymouth, UK, to start conducting bathymetric and backscatter surveys in Plymouth Sound and Wembury Bay. The aim of the common dataset activity (CDS) is to provide the international hydrographic community with a range of datasets, collected using the latest shallow water survey techniques, so that comparisons can be made and the merits of the different approaches judged.



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The Rocknes Casualty - A Chartmaker’s Retrospect

En route from Eikefet, Norway to Emden, Germany, the MV Rocknes (about 17,000 Gross Register Tons, draught approximately 10.5m) hit a shoal in Vatlestraumen, Norway, on 19 January 2004. The vessel was carrying a pilot from the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA). Although 12 crew were rescued, the ship capsized soon after the grounding with the loss of 18 crew. Norwegian Hydrographic Service (NHS) was blamed for not publishing its knowledge of a presumed new shoal in the Vatlestraumen. Three subsequent lawsuits were necessary to establish a credible explanation of the root causes of the accident.



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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ATV-5: loaded and locked



ESA’s fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle is now scheduled for launch to the International Space Station at 23:44 GMT on 29 July (01:44 CEST 30 July) on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.






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More Time to Submit Concepts for 'Our Oceans Challenge'

The 'Our Oceans Challenge' (OOC) is generating numerous ideas for solving key issues affecting responsible ocean industry operations, and many ocean entrepreneurs from across the globe have already submitted business concepts. OOC organisers have extended the deadline for submitting initial ideas to 1 August 2014 to accommodate the growing number of submissions and to give solution providers worldwide a better chance to participate in the competition.



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Calendar Contest Imagery Submission Now Open

Now in its ninth year of production, CARIS's calendar contest is back, and Canada-headquartered CARIS is now accepting submissions for the 2015 edition. CARIS software users are invited to submit their favourite CARIS images including geospatial datasets, maps, charts, 3D views and more. Images can be entered into the contest on the CARIS website. The submission deadline is 26 September 2014.



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OCTANS and PHINS to be Exported under Commercial Regulations

The US Department of State has issued Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) rulings for iXBlue OCTANS and PHINS fibre optic gyro (FOG)-based navigation products, confirming that control for export of both units from the United States will be administered through the Department of Commerce under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) process.



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Closer Eye on Australian Waters

German and Australian scientists have launched water-quality monitoring tools that will enable anyone in the world to zoom in on what is stirring up under the surface of Australian waters. Germany-based aquatic remote sensing company EOMAP teamed up with Western Australian statutory authority Landgate to deliver these products, which measure visibility, turbidity and chlorophyll concentrations in the water column. The result are digital maps that are continuously updated as these parameters vary across the oceans and coastal waters.



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