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NOAA Data Reveals Weight of Ocean and Great Lakes Economy

Credit: NOAA

In 2011, the U.S. ocean and Great Lakes economy produced $282 billion in goods and services and employed 2.2 percent of the nation’s workers—that’s more than twice the percentage of workers in the U.S. agriculture industry. This fact and many others are featured in a 2011 data summary from Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW), a product of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. County-level facts, charts and maps highlighting the 2011 data findings are found on the “Ocean Jobs” and “Wetland Benefits” tabs of the Coastal County Snapshots tool. “A wide variety of U.S. industries and communities depend on the resources of the oceans and Great Lakes,” said Jeffery Adkins, an economist with the center. “ENOW data can help communities stay vital and resilient by highlighting their economic strengths and vulnerabilities, including those that could be affected by ecosystem changes, extreme weather events or sea level rise.” ENOW’s annual time-series data highlight six economic sectors and cover roughly 400 coastal counties, 30 coastal states, eight regions, and the nation, using data derived from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. The success story of the 2011 ocean and Great Lakes economy has hundreds of important chapters, and here are just a few:

MHI, Wärtsilä Agree on Engine Development

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Wärtsilä Corporation of Finland have signed a joint development agreement on May 15, 2008 to design and develop new small, low-speed marine diesel engines of less than 450 mm cylinder bore. The two companies see good business potential in pooling their resources and experience to develop new small marine engines of less than 450 millimetre (mm) cylinder bore. Such engines are suitable for a wide variety of small ship types

NOAA Reports 2011 Ocean, Great Lakes Economy Data


NOAA’s newest output includes a feature on economics. The National Ocean Watch site features facts, charts, story maps and videos. It turns out that our maritime economy – commercial, recreational and everything in between – really matters. In 2011, the U.S. Ocean and Great Lakes economy produced $282 billion in goods and services and employed 2.2 percent of the nation’s workers—that’s more than twice the percentage of workers in the U.S

Columbia Group Announces Two New Companies

The ownership of Columbia Coastal Transport, a container barge operator on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts, announced the addition of two new companies to its Columbia Group of Companies. Palmer Industries, Inc., a logistics company in Port Newark, has been acquired and will be named Columbia Container Services at a grand opening ceremony to take place on July 1, 2003. Also added to the Columbia Group of companies is Columbia Intermodal, a full container trucking company based in Port Newark

Investigation Reveals Queensland Pilotage Safety Concerns

Systemic safety issues in Queensland coastal pilotage operations have been identified in an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation report. Coastal pilots form a key defence against a serious shipping incident in parts of the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait as part of a suite of broader protective measures already in place. The ATSB began an investigation into coastal pilotage operations in December 2010 following the release of its report into the grounding of the

BOEM Proposes New Regulation for OCS

Bulldozers reconstruct the beach and dunes at Long Beach Island, New Jersey, as a dredge ship pumps sand from the Outer Continental Shelf to shore. Photo BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today released proposed regulations that would provide additional clarity and certainty for its Marine Minerals Program regarding negotiated, non-competitive leases for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resources such as sand, gravel and shell. The proposed rule describes the negotiated, non-competitive agreement process for qualifying projects, and codifies new and existing procedures for using OCS sand

Construction Begins on BC Ferries New Vessel

BC Ferries announced that construction has begun on the second of the company’s next generation Super C-class vessels at Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft shipyards. Coastal Inspiration is the second in a series of three new double-ended ferries that will arrive in B.C. in late 2007 and early 2008. Construction of the first vessel, Coastal Renaissance started in August 2006 and construction of a third vessel, Coastal Celebration is expected to begin in April 2007.

Coastal Properties Managing Diamond Teague

Photo courtesy Coastal Properties Management

Coastal Properties Management (CPM) added a new facility to its management group with a contract awarded by Washington D.C. to manage the newly opened $8m marine terminal at Nationals Park named Diamond Teague Marine Terminal & Park.  Operations at the Diamond Teague Terminal, which commenced in September, include water taxi and commercial vessel service from National Harbor Marina in Md., and Old Town Alexandria, Va. for all Nationals home games and concerts at National Park

CoCo Yachts Wins Order for Three Ferries

CoCo Yachts Coastal Cruiser 200.JPG

In the same week of the launching of fast ferry Peng Xing 15, the first Coastal Cruiser 200 designed by CoCo Yachts and built by AFAI Southern Shipyard, Peng Xing ferry company decided to sign the contract for another three Coastal Cruiser 200 fast ferries. The new contract was signed on January 10, 2014 in the main office of the Peng Xing Group. The new ferries shall have the same main dimenions, propulsion and capacity as the two ferries now under constuction: Length overall : 40 m

Norway Ferry Strike May Spread

Three of the popular cruise-ferries that ply Norway's coastal route from Bergen to Kirkenes are targeted to be pulled out of service if a ferry strike spreads. The vessels will be affected by a strike that started over the weekend and is gradually spreading around the country. The Norwegian officers' union recently warned that the strike will spread from midnight on May 20. The three vessels in the so-called Hurtigruten, or "Coastal Voyage" line, include the MS Nordkapp

GSSC Announces Fall Meeting

Bradley Byrne (official portrait)

The Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium (GSSC) announced that its fall meeting will be held October 18-19, at the Holiday Inn in Mobile’s historic district.   Highlights of the meeting include a presentation by U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Fairhope)

MTS Expands Fleet With Multipurpose Landing Craft

MTS Terramare (Photo: MTS)

Marine services provider Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) said it has purchased MTS Terramare, a multipurpose landing craft. The vessel enables the delivery of cargo, construction equipment and other materials directly onto land, without the need for dedicated dockside facilities

Houthis Say Ready to Help Investigate Attacks on Shipping

Yemen's dominant Houthi group denied any role in missile strikes on U.S. warships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and offered to help investigate attacks on international shipping in the area, the news agency controlled by the group reported on Thursday.  

U.S. strikes Yemen after Missile Attacks on U.S. Navy Ship

U.S. strikes target three coastal radar sites; Radar enabled launch of missiles against U.S. destroyer. The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on Thursday to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces

Delay of Shipping SOx Law Could Endanger 200K Lives -Study

Photo: Rochester Institute of Technology.

 The implementation of a global low-sulphur fuel law for ships in 2020 would prevent 200,000 premature deaths globally, a health study by a group of researchers from the United States and Finland reveals.   A report in the Guardian quoting an unpublished International Maritime

Roundtable Discusses Nigeria’s Maritime Future

The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) together with the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) have co-hosted an event on “The Future of the Maritime Industry in Nigeria” at Marlborough House in London on September 28.  

Togo Ratifies High Seas Intervention Treaty

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Togo has become the 89th State to ratify International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties of 1969.    The Convention affirms the right of a coastal State to take necessary

Marine Biogeographic Assessment of Hawaiian Islands

Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Main Hawaiian Islands Image BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) have released a new report and interactive map and data sets that highlight what is known about the marine environment of the main

Keppel Grows LNG Business

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) announced it has secured contracts to build its first two dual-fuel diesel liquefied natural gas (LNG) harbor tugs, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Keppel-Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) to jointly explore opportunities in using LNG

US Offshore Wind Comes to Life

(Photo: Robert Kunkel)

Marine News contributor Robert Kunkel asks: Are we ready to support the farms?   On August 19, 2016, we watched as the fifth tower and associated nacelle was raised on the Deepwater Offshore Wind Farm approximately 3 miles offshore of Block Island, Rhode Island

Test Bed for Autonomous Shipping Opens in Norway

Trondheimsfjord  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime

An extensive area of the Trondheimsfjord in Northern Norway was designated as an official test bed for autonomous shipping by the Norwegian Coastal Authority (NCA), during a special event in Trondheim, Norway on Friday, September 30th 2016.

Cochin Port Begins Coastal Shipping of Cars

M V Dresden. Photo:  Wilhelmsen Marine Personnel (Ukraine)

 Cochin Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has begun coastal transportation of cars, with carrier ship M V Dresden carrying 500 vehicles reached with first consignment.   The first call of a Car Carrier ship, M. V

Hamburg Süd Receives Gold Rating from EcoVadis

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 Hamburg Süd has been awarded gold, the highest-possible recognition level, for its evaluation completed in July 2016 by the supply chain sustainability network EcoVadis.    The scorecard provided by independent sustainability expert EcoVadis indicates that Hamburg Süd

Bolivia's Morales Accuses Chile of Restricting Access to Ports

Bolivian President Evo Morales told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday that Chile had restricted access to ports on its coast in violation of free passage treaties, in the latest flare-up of tensions between the traditional rivals.  

Conrad Wins Army Corps Crane Barge Contract

 Profile of USACOE Crane Barge to be built by Conrad at its Morgan City Shipyard. (Image: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard won a contract to build a Crane Barge for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The 300 x 68-ft welded steel barge is to be used in floating crane service by the Corps’ Rock Island District in support of its maintenance mission on the inland navigation system

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