September Newsletter | Marine Technology Society

  • MTS News & Updates
  • OCEANS 2020
  • Industry News & Features
  • Upcoming Conferences
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On Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (EDT), join MTS, the MTS D.C. Section, and Oceaneering for a virtual panel with a diverse group of experts discussing technology trends and challenges including: unmanned systems, maritime cyber security, oceanographic platforms and sensors, and more.

Panelists Include

  • Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • RADM William J. Houston, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97)
  • Dr. Peter deMenocal, President and Director (incoming), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute


Join us for the Great Lakes TechSurge LakeBed 2030 from Wednesday, September 30 – Friday, October 2, 2020. This virtual conference will bring together science and research, policy, government, and industry professionals to:

  • Focus on Great Lakes marine mapping and observation data
  • Develop a strategy to catalog new and existing lakebed information for shared use
  • Share the latest technology advancements with Great Lakes community and advance business development in the region


MTS and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society are co-presenting a single virtual conference, “Global OCEANS 2020: Singapore – U.S. Gulf Coast," with the live portion of the event running from October 5 -14, 2020.

Global thought leaders and innovators will gather together to learn and experience cutting-edge technologies in the field of marine science, hear from industry experts and engineers regarding the latest research and innovations, discuss current environmental issues and policies affecting the field, and collaboratively work together to move the fields of marine technology and engineering forward.

How Robotic Technology Officially Identified the World War II Submarine S-28 Gravesite

Posted by: Hydro International

After 75 years, and using advanced imaging technology, ocean explorer Tim Taylor and his Lost 52 Expedition Team have officially discovered the final resting place of the 49 sailors of the U.S. submarine S-28 (SS-133) off Oahu, Hawaii. The U.S. Navy recently validated the identity of the wreck, which Taylor located in 2017.

The date of 4 July 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the submarine loss, which was conducting exercises at the time that she disappeared. “The discovery of the USS S-28 as part of my ‘Lost 52 Project’ continues to honour the men, their mission and their memory. It is important that they not be forgotten and that future generations recognize their invaluable sacrifice for our country and the world”, said Taylor.

Towable Sensor Free-Falls to Measure Vertical Slices of Ocean Conditions

Posted by: MIT News

The motion of the ocean is often thought of in horizontal terms, for instance in the powerful currents that sweep around the planet, or the waves that ride in and out along a coastline. But there is also plenty of vertical motion, particularly in the open seas, where water from the deep can rise up, bringing nutrients to the upper ocean, while surface waters sink, sending dead organisms, along with oxygen and carbon, to the deep interior.

Now researchers at MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have engineered a lightweight instrument that measures both physical and biological features of the vertical ocean over small, kilometer-wide patches. The “ocean profiler,” named EcoCTD, is about the size of a waist-high model rocket and can be dropped off the back of a moving ship. As it free-falls through the water, its sensors measure physical features, such as temperature and salinity, as well as biological properties, such as the optical scattering of chlorophyll, the green pigment of phytoplankton.

How ‘Saildrones’ Ocean Monitoring Technologies Can Save Oil Spills Like Mauritius 

Posted by: Drew News Reports

As soon as the oil spill from an old ship in Mauritius started spilling gallons of crude oil killing a fragile marine life in a protected site, many started arguing for a shipping ban.

However, the key to this lies in using modern ocean monitoring technologies like saildrones which can effectively monitor ships and avert such disaster all the while cleaning up the area. So, Forbes has formulated how this can be done and we are highlighting that today.

Little Boats for Whale Songs Sail Into Climate Hot Spots

Posted by: E&E News

Small unmanned watercraft are revolutionizing oceanography and beginning to answer questions about climate change that have troubled scientists for decades

They are classic examples of inventors stumbling across an innovation while looking for something else. Take the case of Joe Rizzi, an engineer, venture capitalist and ukulele player who lives on the ocean in Puako, Hawaii.
He was trying to fix up a kayak so it could track and record the songs of humpback whales.

Rizzi started a nonprofit foundation and brought in a group of engineers he had worked with in California. The big problem was propulsion, explained one of them, Graham Hine. A vessel that followed and recorded whales had to be silent, he said, so the force that moved it had to derive its power from natural forces, such as waves.

Teledyne CARIS AI Software Used in Uncrewed Offshore Survey

Teledyne CARIS, a Teledyne Technologies company, said it was an integral part of the team involved in a recent uncrewed offshore survey mission in the Atlantic Ocean. Teledyne CARIS’ Mira AI and CARIS Onboard software were present on the vessel to enable autonomous survey and real-time processing operations.

The mission’s uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) built by SEA-KIT mapped over 1,000 square kilometers of the ocean floor in 22 days, while being continuously monitored via satellite communications at its Remote Operations Center in Essex, U.K. A specialized team comprised of the GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team operated the survey equipment and provided quality control of the data from various ‘work-from-home locations’ around the world.

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