Archive for 01/26/2012

Hydro International –

Catch the Next Wave, with its theme ‘Tomorrow’s solutions to today’s ocean challenges’, is a one-day conference organised by New Scientist and Oceanology International on Monday 12th March 2012.

The event will get off to a flying start with a keynote address by Graham Hawkes of Deep Ocean Engineering and Virgin Oceanic.

Keynote speaker Graham Hawkes has been called ‘the Leonardo of submarine design’ by Jeremy Webb, editor-in-chief of New Scientist.

Over the past decade, he has built a series of machines that outperform the rest. He mixes cutting-edge engineering, science and design to build the most imaginative creations.

Graham Hawkes has designed and built over 60 manned submersibles and over 350 Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

Hawkes is known for his forward-thinking solutions and his innovative use of materials and systems.

His underwater vehicles include the innovative Atmospheric Diving Suits (ADS) and ROVs which dominated the offshore oil industry segment in the 1970s; the Deep Rover series for science and exploration, most recently used by filmmaker James Cameron in the IMAX film Aliens of the Deep; the Deep Flight series of submersibles; and the design/build of the experimental prototype DeepFlight Challenger, the only full ocean depth manned vehicle.

He is recognised world-wide as a pioneer in innovating state of the art solutions for ocean access.

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Fitri & Hangga Brata – 

A ferry boat heading to the famous Gili resort islands in West Nusa Tenggara was caught in high waves and nearly capsized, forcing its 202 passengers and crew, including five Australians, to be evacuated in the middle of rough seas on Wednesday.

“The waves were so high and suddenly the ship was leaning to one side. That’s when we heard a loud slamming noise and we all rushed to grab the life vests,” one of the passengers, Nyoman Tirtawati, told the Jakarta Globe.

The ship, called the Andika Nusantara, set sail from Lembar Port in Padang Bai in West Lombok district at about 11 a.m. When it was about halfway between Gili Asahan and the main island of Lombok, it began to encounter waves that were up to three meters high.

Carda Damanik, head of the local branch of state-owned ferry operator ASDP Indonesia, said the rough seas caused the ship’s load, which included eight fully loaded trucks and dozens of cars, to shift toward one side. That made the boat tilt at a 10-degree angle.

Three ships were sent to rescue the passengers and crew. The evacuation took place about 11 hours after the initial incident.

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gCaptain –

At President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night, he gave Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta a hearty “Good Job” as he was shaking hands before the speech.

Besides the Secretary of State standing close by, few others knew what he was referring to until shortly after his speech, President Obama called the parents of Jessica Buchanan, an American held hostage by Somali kidnappers, that a US Navy SEAL team had successfully rescued her and fellow aid worker, Poul Hagen Thisted.

During the operation, 9 Somalis were killed with zero injuries to the American rescue force or to the hostages.

Special forces decided to mount the raid when they did at least partly because Buchanan’s health was failing, Vice President Joe Biden said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“It just takes your breath away, their capacity and their bravery and their incredible timing,” Biden said of these Special Warfare operators.

The two aid workers from the Danish Refugee Council’s demining unit, DDG, are both unharmed and were reportedly flown to an American base in Djibouti, a small country on the western end of the Gulf of Aden.

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Hydro International – 

On 11th January 2012 Google replaced their global bathymetry SRTM30_PLUS V4.0 with the newer version V7.0.

This increase the area of seafloor covered at 1km resolution from 10% to 15%.

The new version also corrected thousands of errors in the old data.

By visiting Google Earth, you can use the “historical imagery” flag to see old versus new.

The SRTM30_PLUS V7.0 overlay can be downloaded from the site of Scripps Institute of Oceanology to see the trackline coverage and confirm that there is a perfect match.


Trinh Hoang Ly – 

Muti has been diving for two years, but he has never danced.

Not till about three months ago.

The 37-year-old is part of a team that will perform Singapore’s first underwater dragon dance on the first two days of Chinese New Year to welcome in the Year of the Water Dragon.

Made especially for the occasion in neon pink, complete with bushy eyebrows, the three-metre dragon twists and turns to traditional drum beats.

Check out this spectacular performance as Underwater World divers became dancers, just for the occasion.