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INTERNATIONAL STORIES BLOG

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    SHIPPING INDUSTRY WANTS HIGHER QUALITY DATA SAYS SURVEY

    by wade on October 7, 2014

    The latest INTTRA Technology Outlook survey, which tries to identify the top technology priorities and challenges on the minds of international logistics and shipping industry professionals from direct shippers, carriers and freight forwarders around the world has shown that the industry’s top priority is “improving supply chain visibility capabilities to integrate higher quality data.”   This demonstrates the importance now placed on having easy access to quality shipping information that is timely, accurate and complete.   Read more.

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    HUGE WAVES DETECTED IN ARCTIC WATERS FOR THE FIRST TIME

    by wade on August 6, 2014

    A wave gauge deployed in the Beaufort Sea two years ago is recording  unprecedented wave heights in western Arctic waters. In one instance during a September storm.  the waves reared as high as five metres. "That's a lot bigger than anything previously recorded up there," wrote University of Washington researcher Jim Thomson in a blog post about the results.
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    DRILLING FOR TALENT: THE CHALLENGES FACING UK IN THE NORTH SEA

    by wade on July 21, 2014

    (June 20th, 2014) The UK North Sea will remain an important region for oil and gas for years to come. Most of its fields are expected to remain economically viable until 2020 at the earliest, and high oil prices have given a boost to exploration in the North East Atlantic basin in areas previously considered marginal and thereby uneconomic. The region still boasts estimated oil and gas reserves of 9.4 billion boe with a 50 per cent plus chance of recoverability.
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    CHINA STRENGTHENING ITS GRIP ON THE ARCTIC

    by wade on July 21, 2014

    China does not loan out its pandas to just anyone, so a deal in April for two of the bears to head to Copenhagen zoo raised some eyebrows in Scandinavia. Some commentators suggested that this was all about the Arctic and especially about Greenland, which Denmark partly administers, and its mineral resources.
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    PROVINCIAL STUDENTS WINNERS AT UNDERWATER ROBOT CONTEST

    by wade on July 7, 2014

    A team of students from Newfoundland and Labrador joined American and Russian competitors as winners on Saturday in a global competition for underwater robots at the only federal freshwater marine sanctuary in the United States.

    The high school and university teams were among 60 from 18 states and 13 countries participating in the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition at Michigan's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
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    SOMETHING FISHY ABOUT THE FUTURE OF US NAVY UUV SURVEILLANCE

    by wade on July 4, 2014

    The US Navy is testing a stealthy, 4 foot-long fish-shaped autonomous underwater vehicle designed to blend in with undersea life and perform combat sensor functions, service officials explained.

    The so-called “bio-memetic” undersea vehicle is currently being developed as part of the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell,  or CRIC – a special unit set up by CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert in 2012 to explore the feasibility of rapidly turning around commercially available technologies for Naval military use.
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    STRONG GROWTH FORECAST IN GLOBAL AUV MARKET

    by wade on June 21, 2014

    North America will account for 75% of the military AUV market in 2014. However, this market share may decrease to 70% by 2018, as emerging economies increasingly invest in their military fleets. Overall growth of military demand in AUVs closely mirrors the investment in drone aircraft.
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    STUDYING DEEPWATER GATEWAY TO ARCTIC OCEAN

    by wade on June 21, 2014

    For 17 years, scientists from the deep-sea observatory, AWI-HAUSGARTEN  west of the island of Spitsbergen, have been conducting long-term oceanographic studies at 78.8° north in the Fram Strait. For 15 years AWI-HAUSGARTEN has been operated by the Alfred Wegner Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). They are attempting to quantify variations in the water mass and heat exchange between the northern North-Atlantic and the central Arctic, as well as in the circulation within the Strait.   Read more.

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    SO CLOSE TO THE ARCTIC, SO FAR FROM COHERENT STRATEGIES

    by wade on June 9, 2014

    Canada and the US should be taking a more active role in the development of the Arctic, two of those countries’ most prominent think-tanks conclude in recent reports.   Read more.