The Ocean Network ..in Forbes
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) consists of two-subsea cable networks- called Venus (inshore) and Neptune (offshore). Located off the coast of Vancouver Island, these networks entail groups of instruments linked together by fiber optic cables.
The Ocean Network: Oceanographers Enable a High Speed Connection to the Mysteries of the Deep Sea
by: Captain Donovan (gcaptain, Contributor) Forbes On-line
As mariners we encounter them all the time… a yellow buoy, a white ship, the daily routine of transmitting weather observations. They are references to scientific research taking place in our world, a world habitually focused on trade, commerce, profit, and loss. Sometimes unnoticed, the commercialized aspect of life on the sea comes in contact with the academic pursuit of knowledge.
Often these references arrive in the form of a Notice to Mariners. An update to a chart, a submerged mooring, plotted somewhere along our track line. A concern? Maybe. But then you see the depth, 2600 meters. Your deeply laden vessel only draws 12m. No problem.
But what is this mooring, and why would someone put it there? What is so interesting at that depth that someone would travel out into the middle of nowhere, a place that in normal seagoing life is often part of a route but never a destination, and install a subsea mooring in 2600 meters of water?