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Large Dead Zone Found in Gulf of Mexico

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Mapped size confirms NOAA forecast for an average-sized hypoxia zone this year. NOAA- and EPA-supported scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area with low oxygen water, measuring 5,052 square miles this summer--approximately the size of the state of Connecticut. The measurements were taken during the 30th annual hypoxia survey cruise from July 27 to August 2. This area falls within the predicted range of 4,633 to 5,708 square miles forecast by a suite of NOAA-sponsored models, and confirms the accuracy of the models and their utility for guiding management of nutrients in the Mississippi River watershed.   The size is smaller than the 5,840 square miles recorded last year, but still greater than the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient (Hypoxia) Task Force target of less than 1,900 square miles--meaning nutrients from the Mississippi River watershed are continuing to affect the nation's coastal resources and habitats in the Gulf. The task force consists of five federal agencies, 12 states and the tribes within the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin, and was established in 1997 to reduce and control hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. The largest Gulf dead zone ever recorded occurred in 2002, encompassing 8,481 square miles. The smallest recorded dead zone measured 15 square miles in 1988. The average size of the dead zone over the past five years has been about 5,500 square miles.  


SNAME Partners on Center to Train Naval Systems Experts

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) announced that a program dedicated to the training of future naval systems engineers will soon be realized. A $3.2m contract awarded May 6 from the Naval Sea Systems Command, which includes five additional years of optional extensions that could add up to $49.9m, will establish a Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC) Consortium in partnership with fifteen leading US colleges and universities


New Marine Energy Generating Device Gets R&D Grant

Paul Weston: Photo courtesy of A&P Marine Renewable Projects

A revolutionary device for generating marine renewable energy has been awarded a £190,000 development grant by the UK Technology Strategy Board, the total value with ‘in kind’ contributions being £300,000 The Whatever Input to Torsion Transfer (WITT) transmission system is unique and capable of collecting chaotic movement in any direction to turn it into useable power. The Technology Strategy Board award for Vessel Efficiency is the first of its kind and follows


Marine Renewable Energy Conference Slated for October

The fourth annual Marine Renewable Energy Technical Conference will be held October 30-31, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Providence/Warwick, Rhode Island.   The conference Technical Committee is now accepting extended abstracts  for presentation at the  Conference on topics related to tidal energy, wave energy, offshore wind, ocean currents, ocean thermal energy, and other ways to extract energy from oceans or rivers


Collaboration Enhances Oil Spill Research

Oil from Deepwater Horizon spill washes ashore Louisiana’s coast in June 2010. (Photo courtesy of Governor Jindal’s office)

New partnership allows USF-led research team to better study oil spills; group will gain valuable access to cutting-edge technologies to aid in analyzing long-term impacts   The University of South Florida’s (USF) College of Marine Science announced a new partnership with Agilent Technologies and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) for analytical chemistry equipment to study oil spills. Funded by GoMRI and Agilent’s Research Support Program


Project Aims to Improves Ship Evacuation

Pioneering trials measuring the ship evacuation performance of passengers in conditions including smoke and rolling motion, are being conducted as part of a research project led by British Maritime Technology Ltd (BMT) and co-funded by the European Union FP5 Competitive and Sustainable Growth program and Precarn (funding for Canadian partners). The aim is to produce a FIRE-EXIT simulation tool that will equip the marine industry with a ship evacuation


Glosten Promotes FitzGerald to Principal

Ken FitzGerald (Photo: Glosten)

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten has promoted Ken FitzGerald to Principal.   FitzGerald is a graduate of Louisiana State University (BS, Petroleum Engineering, 1992), and joined Glosten in 2003 after 13 years working in commercial oceanography. While at Glosten, he has supported the firm’s work in mooring design, geophysical surveys, research vessels, logistics planning, and has managed risk assessment workgroups


McAlear Named CEO Of Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard

Kvaerner, the Anglo-Norwegian engineering and construction Group, has elected Ronald J. McAlear, as CEO of its Philadelphia Shipyard. He replaces Baard Bale, who has been acting CEO of the yard since June, and will be returning to Kvaerner's international headquarters in London in December. McAlear has spent his entire professional career in the maritime industry, and currently holds a senior executive position with Litton Avondale Industries


Louisiana Economic Development Offer Gulf Opportunity Zone Workshops

Louisiana Economic Development, local economic development organizations and federal agencies are combining forces to host free Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone Workshops in five Louisiana communities. The seminars will offer local business owners, developers and practitioners a detailed view of how to take advantage of the post-hurricane incentive package. Experts from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


US Marine Consultancy EBDG Expands, Employs Marine Engineers

Bill Summers & Eileen Tausch

Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) says it has welcomed two new Marine Engineers to its team: William Summers (Bill) in its New Orleans office and Eileen Tausch in its Seattle office.  Summers is a seasoned marine professional with more than three decades experience in the offshore and oilfield industry.  His varied background encompasses the development and planning of marine engineering vessel modifications and new construction vessel operations


New Orleans Port welcomes its longest ship, Equinox

Celebrity Equinox Photo Port of New Orleans

The longest and one of the most premium cruise ships ever to dock in New Orleans will sail into the Port’s Julia Street Cruise Terminal Sunday, Feb. 26, just in time for the finale of Mardi Gras festivities.   The Celebrity Equinox, a 1,041-foot cruise ship christened in 2009


VT Halter Marine Names Socha Senior VP

Robert A. Socha (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

U.S. shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has appointed Robert A. Socha as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Estimating, effective January 30, 2017.   In his role


Fugro’s Heine Joins IMCA Board

 The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has confirmed the appointment of Mark Heine to its governing board. Heine is a senior executive with Fugro.   Heine is a member of the Management Board of Fugro and is the Director of the Marine Division


Malaysian Educators on Course for Energy-Efficient Shipping

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 An  International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop is training Malaysia’s maritime educators to introduce the topic of energy-efficient ship operation into their teaching curriculums.    The workshop, taking place in Kuala Lumpur (20-21 February)


HMM Acquires Four Terminals From Bankrupted Hanjin

Phto: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that it has entered into a contract with Hanjin Shipping and Marine Terminals Investment Limited (MTIL) to acquire Hanjin Pacific Corporation’s 100% stake in terminals in Tokyo and Kaohsiung


Commercial Sea Training Resumes for USMMA Cadets

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The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has announced that Sea Year training for USMMA Midshipmen will resume on three commercial carriers beginning in March 2017.   The reinstatement of the program follows the implementation of comprehensive new policies


13 ULSTEIN X-CONNECT Systems Sold

Managing Director Gunnar Hide Photo Ulstein Group

Deliveries of alarm and monitoring systems (ULSTEIN AMS) for 13 tugs have been contracted to Ulstein Power & Control by US based MT. The systems are based on ULSTEIN X-CONNECT. The alarm monitoring is a part of Ulstein Power & Control’s expertise in integrated systems


Keppel Delivers FPSO for Brazil

Keppel Offshore & Marine’s shipyard in Brazil, BrasFELS, has delivered P-66, the first of the Replicante series of floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units, to Tupi BV.   Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), through its wholly owned subsidiary


Excelerate to Develop Second FSRU for Port Qasim

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 Excelerate Energy will deliver its second floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to Pakistan following negotiations with a consortium comprising Engro, Fatima, and Shell. It is expected to be the country's 4th such floating terminal.  


Finalists of Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Announced

Chris Shirling Rooke Photo Mersey Maritime

The finalists of the 2017 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) have been announced. The winners will be revealed at a prestigious black tie dinner that will have a Ministerial presence and promises to bring together the best of the maritime industry right across the Maritime


Training Program Seeks to Develop Alaskan Shipbuilders

Photo: Vigor

A new shipbuilding and repair training program in Alaska aims to develop an advanced manufacturing workforce comprised of state residents.   Shipbuilder and repairer Vigor has teamed up with the maritime workforce development network Maritime Works for a public


Germany to Skip Tender for Warship Purchase

Photo: 2015 Bundeswehr / Jana Neumann/PAO UNIFIL

The German Defence Ministry on Thursday said it would skip an open tender for the planned purchase of five more corvettes valued at 1.5 billion euros and instead ask the three-company consortium that built the existing warships to submit a bid.  


RSC Bio Solutions Expands

Damian Seipe (Photo: RSC Bio Solutions)

RSC Bio Solutions recently announced the addition of several key team members in the business development and sales departments in a continuing drive to support its growing client base. The company also announced a new market-oriented organizational structure with two focused teams around the


Italian Boosts to Flinders Shipbuilding Ambitions

Australia’s Ambassador to Italy Dr Greg French, left, Flinders Professor Saint, the University of Genoa’s Professor Trucco, and Fincantieri’s Vice President Sales Sabrina Sanguineti at the MoU signing in Genoa.Flinders Univ

Building on its partnership with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced earlier this month, South Australia’s Flinders University has signed a supporting agreement with The University of Genoa to cooperate in research and development and training with focus on maritime


Odebrecht Tries Again to Shed Colombia River Stake

Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht is looking to dispose of its entire stake in Colombia's Magdalena River navigability project, as the company battles corruption allegations across Latin America, an official told Reuters.  






 
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