A multi-disciplinary group of European and American scientists has set out on an oceanographic campaign aboard the German research vessel RV/Maria S. Merian to study the physical and bio-geo-chemical characterisation of the outstanding ecosystem of the Senghor Sea Mount located to the north of the Cape Verde Archipelago, and to assess the operational response and capability of new, autonomous oceanic observation technologies in real operational scenarios.
Ole Johan Sandvaer, director of Innovation Norway for Africa, and the assistant to the Trade and Tourism Attaché from the Norwegian Embassy, Rodrigo Ballesteros Cruz, visited the PLOCAN facilities in Taliarte. Innovation Norway is a tool of the Norwegian government used to innovate and develop Norwegian companies and industry.
Ole Johan Sandvaer and Rodrigo Ballesteros Cruz met with Joaquín Hernández Brito, manager of the scientific-technical area and were given a tour of PLOCAN’s land-based facilities. In the glider laboratory, they were given detailed information on the activities that PLOCAN is engaged in with these autonomous submarine devices.
Juan G. Argenti Biering, regional manager of SGS, and the head of Certification in the Canaries, Héctor González Álvarez, awarded the new ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certificates to Octavio Llinás and Paula Pacheco, director and manager of the department of economics and administration of the PLOCAN consortium, respectively.
Officers and troops of the Co-ordination Centre of the Search and Rescue Wing (SAR RCC Canaries) and PLOCAN held a meeting as part of the co-operation agreement signed between the SAR Co-ordination Centre and the outstanding scientific-technological infrastructure.
The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands -PLOCAN- announces the 8th Glider School edition, to be held as usual in Gran Canaria (Spain) as reference hands-on and training forum on ocean-gliders technology. Registration is open in the web site.
The twelve projects that are part of the “Ocean of Tomorrow” call from the European Commission have just published a newsletter detailing partial results for the ongoing projects. The aim of the call is to combine the efforts of various interested parties from a broad range of sectors in order to develop innovative marine technology for a wide variety of applications. The call contained four themes covering three key areas: marine detection technologies (including biosensors) for monitoring the marine environment; innovative anti-fouling materials for maritime applications; and new transport and deployment systems for the marine wind energy sector.