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Resolve Fixes Damaged Coral Reefs

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International salvage company, Resolve, is helping to repair damage done by the maritime industry through a pioneering coral reef replacement system. From its U.S. base in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Resolve has developed a technique to effectively grow coral and anchor it to the seabed atop custom‐made underwater structures. Resolve has completed the environmental remediation of the 910 ft long decommissioned Navy aircraft carrier ex‐Oriskany. Resolve was awarded the project by the US Navy and successfully prepared and sank the vessel for reefing purposes off the coast of Pensacola, FL – creating the worldʹs largest artificial reef. Coral reef damage is a big concern for the shipping industry. Recently, the insurer of a Panama‐flagged tanker which struck a reef in the Caribbean agreed to pay the high cost of replacing the damaged coral. This was one of seven such incidents in the past month. Resolve’s system involves fragmenting healthy corals, nurturing them in a lab, attaching them to larger eco‐friendly reef structures, and then transplanting them back into their previous environment. These structures provide a raised, porous, yet sturdy substrate to promote rapid growth, environmental complexity, and an animal friendly habitat. Resolve’s Marine BioTechnicians measure the growing coral regularly to gain an approximation of the growth levels


Tubbataha Reef Wreck Removal Completed

Guardian Final Lift: Photo credit USN

The stern section, the last module of the former minehunter 'USS Guardian' has now been removed by salvors. In January 2013 the Navy mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian ran aground on a coral reef in the Philippines, inside Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. The Navy removed the approximately 15,000 gallons of fuel aboard the ship and decided that the safest way to extract the Guardian from the reef was to deconstruct and carry it away in smaller sections.


Keys Coral Reefs First In U.S. To Receive International Protection

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Sam Bodman joined with shipping industry representatives today to announce that the department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has taken historic steps through the International Maritime Organization to create the first U.S. zone to protect coral from anchors, groundings and collisions from large international ships. The zone, known as the Florida Keys' Particularly Sensitive Sea Area, is more than 3,000


Lockheed Martin System To Monitor Gulf of Suez Safety

Lockheed Martin has completed the final Site Acceptance Test (SAT) for the Gulf of Suez Vessel Traffic Information Management System (VTIMS), which will monitor and control ship traffic in all major port and harbor waters. The $50 million maritime safety system is the foundation of the Arab Republic of Egypt's total port management program. Work boats and fishing vessels traverse the 175-nautical-mile-long Gulf along with huge oil tankers and boats full of tourists visiting the famous Red


Coastal Land Preserved, Anniversary of Oil Spill

NOAA Photo

On the 15th anniversary of a million gallon oil spill that damaged the coastline of Puerto Rico, NOAA and partner organizations are celebrating the purchase of 152 acres to expand a coastal reserve near one of the areas hardest hit by the spill. NOAA, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Trust for Public Land announced that 152 acres east of San Juan have been added to the San Miguel Natural Reserve to help compensate the public for lost recreational beach use and injured natural


TITAN, CSA to Partner on Environmentally Sensitive Jobs

TITAN Salvage and CSA International, Inc. announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding that allows TITAN to gain the experience and expertise of CSA's coral reef and seagrass experts when TITAN undertakes environmentally sensitive jobs anywhere in the world. CSA, a leader in marine environmental sciences and related services, will help ensure that potential impacts of wreck removal and salvage operations to reef or seagrass habitats are mitigated and minimized to the


Marine Debris Removed from Remote Hawaiian Islands

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, and the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant Program have just returned from a joint mission to remove thousands of pounds of deadly marine debris from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The Coast Guard Cutter Walnut, a 225-ft. buoy tender home ported in Honolulu, departed on Aug. 22 for a 1,000 mile trip to the remote islands of Pearl and Hermes Atoll. Their goal was to remove as much lethal marine debris as possible


Naval Vessel Damaged in Palau

The Navy on March 22 dispatched a Lafayette-class frigate and two tugboats to escort s warship back to Kaohsiung, after it was damaged in Palau when carrying out a naval friendship tour. According to Taipei Times, no one was hurt in the accident. Another Cheng Kung-class frigate was also ordered to go to sea to replace the damaged warship and continue the mission. The damaged ship was currently around 93km from Palau, escorted by Palauan vessels


Boats: Hawaiian Catamaran: Environmental Awareness In Comfort

Hawaiian maritime tradition traces its roots to the huge ocean going outrigger canoes that took sophisticated navigators island hopping around the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Today fiberglass versions of these canoes are put through their paces by canoe racing clubs. Other reincarnations of the outrigger's twin hulls are the many catamarans, both sail and power, that take thousands of tourists out into the island waters every day of the year


Hawaiian CAT: Enviro Awareness In Comfort

Hawaiian maritime tradition traces its roots to the huge ocean going outrigger canoes that took sophisticated navigators island hopping around the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Today fiberglass versions of these canoes are put through their paces by canoe racing clubs. Other reincarnations of the outrigger’s twin hulls are the many catamarans, both sail and power, that take thousands of tourists out into the island waters every day of the year.


Great Barrier Reef Eco-Outlook 'Poor'

Great Barrier Reef: Photo CCL

A report from Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority finds the greatest risks to the Reef are still climate change, land-based run-off, coastal development, some remaining impacts of fishing and illegal fishing and poaching.


NOAA, NASA & BOEM to Monitor Biodiversity

U.S. Initiates Prototype System to Gauge National Marine Biodiversity.jpg

NOAA, NASA and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have joined together to support three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales.


Holland America Line Creating Marine Protection Awareness

To Build a Global Ocean Refuge System

  As part of its “Our Marvelous Oceans” partnership with Marine Conservation Institute, Holland America Line has created a new program that highlights and educates guests and crew about marine protected areas around the world.  


China Building Island Big Enough for Airstrip

Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday.   The construction has stoked concern that China may be


Northern Australia Waters: Emergency Towage Service

Torres Straits passage: Photo courtesy of AMSA

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has awarded two substantial new contracts to Brisbane-based company Australian Maritime Systems Limited to provide emergency towage services in Far North Queensland as well as to maintain its aids to navigation network.


Australia Has a New Maritime Emergency Plan

Australian industry, state and federal governments have endorsed a new National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies. According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority AMSA, the new plan sets out the cooperative arrangements between governments and industry to respond to maritime


Saving Coral Reefs – One Shipwreck at a Time

Photo: Global Diving & Salvage

In the summer of 1991, a 121 foot long Taiwanese long line fishing vessel, the HUI FENG #1, ran aground on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific. With a footprint of just 4.6 square miles Palmyra Atoll forms the most northern vegetated island in the Northern Line Islands, lying some 1


Scientists Say Antarctic Glaciers in 'Irreversible' Thaw

Image credit: British Antarctic Survey

Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said on Monday. Six glaciers, eaten away from below by a warming of sea waters around the frozen continent


Cruise Ship Data to Assist Ocean Scientists

Celebrity Equinox (photo courtesy Celebrity Cruises)

Celebrity Equinox becomes third Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. vessel to feature technology that helps scientists understand effects of climate change Last week, as Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Equinox completed its scheduled drydock in Cadiz, Spain


Documentary 'Window in the Waves'- Next Showing 5/21

'Window in the Waves', featuring Coral Reef in Gulf of Mexico will go on the air in May and June next. It is the story of the Flower Garden Banks, a documentary by Director of Photography Todd Richard of Synergy Productions in association with Louisiana Public Broadcasting.


Carnival Donates $2.5m to Nature Conservancy

Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

To Celebrate World Oceans Day, World's Largest Cruise Company Announces Gift to Support Ecologically Important Lands and Waters.   To help celebrate World Environment Day today and in advance of World Oceans Day on June 8, Carnival Foundation in partnership with Carnival Corporation &


Obama Plans to Create World's Largest Marine Protected Area

White House official photo of the day June 2014

The proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where the White House intends to extend an existing protected area, known as the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, where fishing and drilling would be banned over an area of about 2-million sq. km.


Australian Coal Port $10-bln Extension Shelved

A proposed $10 billion Australian coal port expansion, one of two port expansions planned near the Great Barrier Reef, was shelved by its sponsors on Friday who pointed to a lack of demand for the extra capacity. The Dudgeon Point coal terminal project


Salvage for the Greater Good

Coral Transplants - Global Diving’s coral restoration specialist carefully relocates live corals from the HUI FENG #1.

Preserving pristine Coral Reefs in a remote location is no small task, but also of big importance. Global Diving & Salvage shows how it is done.  On June 19, 1991 officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were notified of a 121 foot long fishing vessel


BMT WBM Supports AQUIS Great Barrier Reef Resort Project

BMT WBM Supports Landmark AQUIS Great Barrier Reef Resort Project

  BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has provided critical inputs to the Environment Impact Statement (EIS), in the areas of flooding, water quality and coastal processes for the A$ 8






 
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