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New Zealand Navy Idles Ships as Labor Crisis Hits

to rebuilding it.“There is more still to do,” he said.The country is replacing its fleet of C-130 cargo planes and P-3 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), and the first of four Boeing P-8A Poseidon MPA is due to arrive this month. Plans for a new military vessel built for Southern Ocean and Antarctic conditions were shelved this year.($1 = 1.5838 New Zealand dollars)(Reuters - Reporting by Lucy Craymer. Editing by Gerry Doyle

Rear Admiral John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

INTERVIEW: RDML John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

fleet operations. Their top three capabilities include:A greater understanding of the ocean environment based on in situ environmental measurements.The enhanced ability to have an unmanned asset in areas of the world where a manned surface ship is not permissible. Imagine surveying in the Arctic or Antarctic regions that are challenging to reach by other methods. A networked connected fleet of autonomous sensor packages could meet that challenge.The force multiplication effect of having a network of UxS systems (air, surface and subsurface) in theater, providing relevant operationally important environmenta

Dr Phil Anderson and his kayak. Photo from SAMS.

@ SAMS, Science + Autonomy = Answers

to change that. It went into the Norwegian arctic Barents Sea in January (24-hour darkness), April and July (24-hour daylight) - something no one had done in that area in a single year - to gather data on cruises using research vessels (the University of Tromsø’s Helmer Hanssen and British Antarctic Survey’s RRS James Clark Ross). To fill multi-month-long gaps between the cruises and overlapping with the cruises, G2 Slocum gliders were deployed. The Slocum used is part of the UK’s Marine Autonomous & Robotics Systems (MARS) pool and can dive to 200m deep.With support from modelling

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SMT’s Tech Division Offers Polar Code Training

The adoption by the IMO of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) makes it mandatory for ships sailing into Artic or Antarctic waters to demonstrate that extra precautions have been taken in relation to safety, protection of the environment and seafarer competence.In anticipation of the increase in maritime traffic in the polar regions both for leisure and commercial purposes, Stream Marine’s Technical Training division has developed the world’s first Bahamas Maritime approved Polar Code/Polar Survival training course in partnership with Teekay Shipping.

Emanuel Huard (Photo: MSRC)

Huard Joins MSRC

the MSRC, Huard was first mate on board passenger ships and private yachts, the most recent being The World, a private luxury residential vessel. Huard has a vast experience in various fields of navigation, including conventional and azimuthally propelled vessels, ice navigation in the Arctic and Antarctic, and expeditions outside regular shipping routes. In 2017, he also participated in the Guinness record for the world's southernmost ship, the Ross Sea in Antarctica

Ice Navigation Training for Maersk Line Officers

1, 2017, addresses ship design, construction and equipment, operational and training concerns, search and rescue and the protection of the unique environment of the polar regions (imo.org). Crew training will be mandatory under STCW as of July 1, 2018 for all captains and officers sailing in Arctic and Antarctic waters, depending on the ice conditions in the operating area.   Aboa Mare said the training is conducted in an optimal training environment, as its simulators allow the participants to practice realistic situations in a wide range of ice conditions. Aboa Mare’s tools for simulator

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Robot School Opens, Addresses Environmental Challenges

; climate change, deep-sea exploration, and identification of biodiversity ‘hotspots’. The fleet of marine robots based at the NOC has recently developed into one of the most advanced in the world. This project is being led by the University of Southampton, and also involves the British Antarctic Survey, Heriot-Watt University, University of East Anglia, and the Scottish Association for Marine Science. Between all six organizations, this school will teach skills in a range of unmanned systems - which can monitor everything from erupting volcanoes to algal blooms in the ocean. Kevin

James Bellingham will begin work as the Director of the WHOI Center for Marine Robotics in early fall 2014. Bellingham comes to WHOI from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where he was director of engineering and most recently chief technologist. (Photo courtesy of MBARI)

Bellingham Named Director of WHOI Robotics Center

a vibrant and innovative community, and to direct new robotic capabilities at solving important ocean science problems.” Bellingham is the author of dozens of scholarly papers, has participated in research expeditions around the world – from Monterey Bay to the Mediterranean Sea to the Antarctic – and has served on numerous scientific advisory boards and steering committees, including chairing the Naval Research Advisory Committee (NRAC) and serving on four National Academy studies. “Jim is a forward looking person skilled in leading an innovative and entrepreneurial enterprise

Milestone for Enhanced Safety in Arctic Regions

apply to passenger ships and cargo ships with a gross tonnage of more than 500.   ”Denmark has been active in placing the Polar Code on the IMO agenda. Therefore, I am extremely pleased that – with the Polar Code – we will now enhance the safety of ships navigating Arctic and Antarctic waters. Denmark has especially been striving to enhance the safety of especially cruise ships navigating Greenland waters. The new internationally binding regulations will also introduce a number of important measures to be taken when navigating icy waters, such as requirements for life-saving

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