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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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

China Shipyard Delivers Safety Patrol Boat

Rescue Vessel Delivery Ceremony: Photo courtesy of Alfai

The coastal fast rescue vessel 'Dong Hai Jiu 202' has been delivered by Alfai Southern Shipyard to the Donghai Rescue Bureau. Afai’s General Manager Mr. Wu Mingyi and the Deputy Director General of Donghai Rescue Bureau Mr. Xiao Yuehua signed the delivery documents. The 'Dong Hai Jiu 202'  is the fifth coastal fast rescue vessel built by Afai for the China rescue and salvage service and will be introduced to service in the Donghai area.

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

Willard to Build 3 Survey Ships for NOAA

Image: Willard Marine

NOAA awards shipbuilding contract to Willard Marine for the construction of three aluminum survey vessels   Willard Marine informs it was awarded a contract to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with three aluminum hydrographic survey launch ships (HSLs).

New Class Rules Favor Seawater Lubricated Props

Thordon Bearings’ seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system meets classification society rules for extended shaft withdrawal periods (Image: Thordon Bearings)

Classification societies are changing their monitoring rules for seawater-lubricated propeller shafts in line with the rules governing the inspection and withdrawal of oil-lubricated stern tube systems.   China Classification Society (CCS), for example

India Extends Tax Benefits on Bunker Fuel

India has extended the benefit of nil custom and production tax on bunker fuels to domestic coastal movement of containers, in a move to decongest its roads and reduce carbon emissions, a government statement said on Wednesday. Earlier exemptions form the customs and production tax on bunkering

Royal Thai Navy Orders Harbor Tug

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

The Royal Thai Navy has ordered a new 32-meter tug from shipbuilder Italthai Marine Limited of Thailand, announced the vessel’s designer, Robert Allan Ltd.   Italthai Marine, whose Managing Director Wirat Chanasit inked the construction deal with Navy Commander Admiral Krisorn

Cruise Season Kicks off in San Diego

Photo: Port of San Diego

The arrival of Celebrity Cruises' Infinity in San Diego Harbor today officially kicks off cruise season at the Port of San Diego.    The 2,170-passenger cruise ship Infinity sailed into San Diego harbor today as part of a nine-night Pacific coastal cruise that begins and ends in San

India Mulls Exclusive Ports for Coastal Shipping

Photo:  Directorate General of Shipping

 Indian Government is planning to establish low-cost Non-Major Ports along coastline under the Sagarmala project in an effort to boost coastal shipping and reduce wait times.   Currently due to the concerns over lack of berthing facilities at Ports ships in India are forced to spend 70

Seaspan Appoints Three to its Executive Team

Vancouver Shipyards (Photo: Seaspan)

Seaspan, an association of Canadian companies primarily involved in coastal and deepsea transportation, bunkering, ship repair and shipbuilding services, named three senior leaders to its corporate executive team, the company announced today.  

VIKING's Helpline for New Coastal Safety Rules

VIKING’s VP Americas, Al Osle

  With just a few months to go, VIKING has all hands on deck to ensure coastal vessel operators don’t risk their ability to sail under the US Coast Guard’s upgraded coastal vessel safety regulations.   Marine safety equipment manufacturer and servicing provider VIKING

India Relaxes Cabotage for Special Vessels

Image:  Herfurth Logistics

 Vessel operators can now be allowed to bring foreign flagged vessels on the coastal routes as the Indian Government has decided to relax cabotage for special vessels.    Special vessels like Roll-On Roll-Off (Ro-Ro), Hybrid Roll-On Roll-Off (Hybrid Ro-Ro)

Deck Cargo Barge on Delivery Voyage to Canada

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

A 16,000 DWT deck cargo barge, Seaspan 252, was handed over to its owner, Seaspan Marine, in August, 2015.   The barge, 114 meters long by 27.5 meters wide with a depth of 8.4 meters and classed ABS +A1 Barge, was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C

Pilot Projects Chosen for Norway’s Green Shipping Program

The first pilot project, CargoFerry Plug-in Hybrid, aims to develop a cost-effective and profitable short-sea container ship that is powered by a plug-in hybrid LNG/battery propulsion system. (Image: DNV GL)

Five pilot projects have been cohsen to be pursued as part of Norway’s Green Coastal Shipping Program aiming to encourage research and implementation of green technology concepts in the country’s shipping sector.   The pilot projects

Danish Meet Looks at Arctic Shipping Issues

Picture: Danish Maritime Days

 One of the most significant global issues over the past 10 years is the vast changes in the Arctic region.    The world has again turned its attention to the Arctic, this time mainly because of the climate effects in the Arctic, the economic potential of the region

Indian Ports to Improve Operational Efficiency

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: PIB

 Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the decline observed in the performance of Major Ports from 2008 to 2014 has reversed and they have shown improvement in their performance in 2015.   

SCHOTTEL Debuts New EcoPeller


SCHOTTEL, a manufacturer of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications, has launched a new thruster optimized for open sea and coastal operating conditions: the SCHOTTEL EcoPeller.   SCHOTTEL said the new thruster combines quality and technology with hydrodynamic

River Information System Updated in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Transas)

The Consortium BulRIS II led by Transas has completed the second phase of the BULRIS project, funded by the Operational Program "Transport" 2007 – 2013. The system was delivered to the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co

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