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January 3, 2005 Indian marine paint testing center survives tsunami
New York, NY, Jan 3, 2005 — The staff and facilities of a marine paint testing center in southeastern India affiliated with a U.S. based research and development company, Poseidon Ocean Sciences, Inc., survived the deadly tsunami of December 26, 2004.
The operations of the Sacred Heart Marine Research Center (SHMRC) located in the port city of Tuticorin, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, is an exclusive collaboration with Poseidon Ocean Sciences. A new laboratory was constructed in 2003 to support Poseidon’s static and dynamic testing of marine paints. SHMRC’s director is Sister Avelin Mary, PhD., a Catholic nun and a noted marine scientist in India.
The December 26 earthquake off the northern coast of Sumatra generated a tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands, including 10,000 along the coastline of Tamil Nadu. Tuticorin’s port facilities and the villages adjacent to SHMRC were devastated by the 20-foot waves. SHMRC facilities and personnel at the station survived.
On that Sunday, when the tidal wave struck, SHMRC and Poseidon personnel were in the laboratory, conducting routine panel inspections on the floating ocean platforms. In a brief phone call to Poseidon in New York, Dr. Avelin Mary reported that the sea was rising unexpectedly fast. The call was cut off and it was not until the following day that we received a full account from her of the fateful events.
“The sisters and staff working at our Indian marine research center survived through the tsunami that passed through Tuticorin. The shore facilities sustained minor damage and the ocean platforms remained intact,” said Sister Avelin Mary by phone to Poseidon on December 27.
Multiple cables connecting to anchors to the seabed were strong enough to withstand the force of the high waves, protecting the personnel who were on the testing platform. The new shore laboratory was spared from flooding since the base of the building was elevated 20 feet from the surf zone. Subsequent inspections of the platforms 48 hours later when the government authorities permitted access to the ocean revealed that the test panels were all accounted for.
While SHMRC operations have returned to normal, the focus of activity early this January is assisting the surrounding villages and local officials with relief efforts. (ends)
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October 25, 2004 Lobster feed technology for the commercial culture of spiny lobster under artificial conditions has been developed by Poseidon. Poseidon has successfully identified the type of feed and feed complements that can match the nutritive value of natural feeds.
“Recent research has demonstrated that Poseidon’s feed technology concepts will soon enable lobster aquaculture to be a viable, environmentally-friendly industry,” said Jonathan Matias, executive director of Poseidon Ocean Sciences. The company’s research involved culture techniques under artificial conditions, and the development of artificial feeds to grow the lobsters to commercial size.
Successful commercial lobster cultivation is dependent in large part to the development of artificial or alternative feeds. Impounding, or the capture of small, legal-size lobsters in the wild and their rearing to a larger size in fisheries, is a current method of lobster cultivation. In Australia, for example, natural feeds comprising the excess shellfish, such as clams, and trash fish, are used to support this fledgling aquaculture. After molting, lobsters can increase in weight by as much as 40%, thus increasing the product value significantly.
However, the availability of natural feeds is seasonal and the cost of the feeds can substantially erode the profitability of impounding. Lobsters consume large amounts of feed prior to molting and competition for food results in deaths of impounded lobsters. Thus, a sustainable, predictable food supply becomes critical to the development of this industry. If successfully developed into commercial scale, the volume of lobster meat available for the industry will also increase significantly and help alleviate shortages in the supply chain.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Jonathan R. Matias
Poseidon Ocean Sciences, Inc.
+1-646 341-7714 (tel) (email)


March 22, 2004 Poseidon launches its dynamic testing facility in the port city of Tuticorin in southeastern India. Poseidon engineers have developed test equipment that reliably and efficiently assesses the rate of erosion and antifouling capabilities of a marine coating. The test unit, known as the Poseidon Dynamic Test System (PDTS) uses flat panels fitted on a device simulating various ship speeds at the same time. The PDTS is now deployed at Poseidon’s facility in Tuticorin. Tuticorin Bay is considered an optimal test environment for marine coatings because of the aggressive fouling conditions in the seaport. To read more on Poseidon’s Dynamic Testing System, click here.


February 26, 2004 Dr. Matias makes presentation on the repellent effects of Poseidon’s novel, menthol-derived, safe compound MR-08 to the American Mosquito Control Association at its annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia. MR-08 is a component of Poseidon’s Insect Control Technologies.
» See the news release.


December 12, 2003 • Poseidon Ocean Sciences expands its Marine Paint Testing operation to include a new dynamic testing program. To view information on this and other services, click here.


October 29, 2003 Poseidon announces the development of MR-08, an environmentally-friendly, safe and highly-effective product that can be added to existing mosquito repellents to enhance their protection times. MR-08 is a component of Poseidon’s Insect Control Technologies. » See the news release.


June 2-4, 2003 Dr. Jonathan R. Matias makes a presentation to the NPCA (National Protective Coatings Association) Marine Offshore Coatings Conference in Virginia Beach on Biofouling Testing of Marine Coatings: Laboratory Screening, Dynamic Testing and Marine Exposure Observations.


April 21, 2003 Poseidon Ocean Sciences,Inc. holds successful workshop on Nontoxic Antifouling Strategies in Pusan, South Korea. » More about the South Korea Workshop.


February 21, 2003 • Poseidon Ocean Sciences, Inc. is sponsoring a one-day workshop in Pusan, South Korea on April 11, 2003. The workshop is entitled “Strategies in the Use of Nontoxic Antifouling Additives and Accelerated Test Methods to Evaluate the Antifouling Performance of Marine Paints.” The conference shall focus on the performance of various natural products as antifouling additives to marine paints and laboratory test methods used in the screening of novel compounds and field test systems (static immersion and dynamic tests) that can accelerate the evaluation of new coatings.


February 19, 2003 Sister Dr. Avelin Mary Honored with India’s Two Prestigious National Awards. Sister Dr. Avelin Mary has been conferred two of India’s most prestigious national awards for her extensive work in antifouling research.
India’s National Environmental Science Academy (NESA) in New Delhi has recognized Sr. Avelin as one of 14 Scientists of the Year for 2002. She will receive the award at the Academy’s conference on March 7 in Calcutta.
The NESA is a registered scientific institution working with India’s Department of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
In January 2003, Sr. Avelin was one of 12 recipients of the Jagruthi Kiran Foundation’s 2003 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose National Award for Excellence.
The Chandra Bose award, recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), honors individuals – both foreign and Indian — who have distinguished themselves in their careers and overcome odds to achieve excellence.
Sr. Avelin received the award in ceremonies held in Nagpur, India on January 23, 2003.
The award is named for Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, described by Mahatma Gandhi as a “Patriot of Patriots.” Subhash Chandra Bose was one of India’s influential activists who led the Indian National movement during the country’s fight for independence from Britain.


February 11, 2003 Poseidon Ocean Sciences, Inc., a member company of the Poseidon Life Sciences Group, announces the opening of the Poseidon Marine Coating Test Center in Fort Pierce, Florida.
The new regulation against the use of tributyl tin in marine paints and the renewed interest in nontoxic coatings have stimulated active research in many marine paint companies to develop novel marine coatings. Poseidon’s facility is located within the Link Port inlet of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. It is designed to evaluate coated test panels against fouling communities normally found along the eastern seaboard of the United States. The Center currently conducts static immersion tests. A dynamic testing capability is planned by mid-2003.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Jonathan R. Matias
Poseidon Ocean Sciences, Inc.
+1-646-341-7714 (tel) (email)


November 29, 2001 • The Shipping Times of Singapore reported on Poseidon’s collaboration with the Tropical Marine Institute of the National University of Singapore to develop nontoxic alternatives to antifouling paints. View the article.


October 26, 2001 • Innovative Coatings Corp. and Poseidon Ocean Sciences announced plans to develop environmentally-safe antifouling coating. View the article.


May 1, 2001 Poseidon antifouling technology has been featured in Polymers Paint Colour Journal. View the article.


January 29-31, 2001 Poseidon participated in the AddCoat 2001 Conference held in Orlando, Florida sponsored by Paint Research Association (UK). Dr. Jonathan Matias of Poseidon presented a paper entitled “Novel, ecologically safe and economically viable alternatives to tributyl tin.”
“Biocides in marine paints will be subjected to more regulatory pressures in the years to come. Companies with a long term view will need to re-orient their R&D programs to seriously look at alternative materials that pose no threat to human health and the ecosystem …” For full text, please view the article.


September 21-22, 2000 Poseidon participated in a conference sponsored by the University of California Sea Grant Extension Program entitled “Alternative Antifouling Strategies for Recreational Boats: A Working Conference.” The conference deliberated on important environmental issues affecting recreational boating, pollution caused by heavy metal paints and the proposal to ban the use of copper in recreational boats. Focus was also made on alternative antifouling strategies that include Poseidon’s non-toxic compounds. The proposed ban on the use of copper in marine paints will also present an opportunity for increased interest in Poseidon’s antifouling technology. For more information, please check their website:


August 22, 2000 “Poseidon Ocean Sciences Completes Development Of A Novel, Environmentally Friendly, Alternative To Tributyl Tin To Prevent Pollution Of The World’s Oceans”, an E-Wire Press Release describing how Poseidon has successfully completed work on a new antifouling technology. To read more, please check their website:


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