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Sustainable Marine Technologies (SMT) Restructures

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‘SMT WILL LEAD THE DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE AND COST EFFECTIVE DEPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS TO ENSURE MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY BECOMES A REALITY’ SAYS MD Innovative renewables company, Sustainable Marine Technologies (SMT), is restructuring its operations to take on today’s greatest challenge to ocean renewable energy – the high costs of device deployment and maintenance access. The dynamic marine integration engineering company, which only last year was nominated for Best Newcomer in the international Tidal Awards, will now become a technology developer. It has set itself the specific goal of developing a new generation of deployment and access solutions to create a major step change in reducing costs, thereby helping enable marine energy to become commercially viable. To achieve this SMT is reshaping its business and investing in new technology, strengthening its team with additional senior personnel and developing the company’s own unique key enabling technologies. Already Sustainable Marine Technologies has started work on driving down deployment and maintenance access costs for horizontal axis tidal turbines, and Jason Hayman, Managing Director, and David Stoddart-Scott, Operations Director, are set to reveal exciting and innovative developments for tidal stream energy on SMT’s stand at All Energy 2011 in May.


Globalstar Partners with OCENS

Globalstar, Inc., will with software and communications company, OCENS, to launch a new suite of data services. OCENS Mail, WeatherNet and GRIB Explorer products are now available to Globalstar subscribers in the United States, providing optimized email transfer speeds and important weather and ocean information services via the Globalstar satellite network. OCENS Mail for Globalstar will provide satellite customers with the capability to transfer emails 20 times faster than when using


NOIA Urges Senate Action to Facilitate Expanded Offshore Access

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) joined with the American Petroleum Institute (API), the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the American Exploration and Production Council (AXPC), and the U.S. Oil and Gas Association (USOGA) in sending the following letter to leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee urging Senate consideration on an alternative 2012-2017 OCS Leasing Plan that


FMC Assesses Civil Penalty of $1.5 Million Against Foreign NVOCC

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) released its Report and Order affirming Initial Decision finding that a non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC) based in Taiwan had violated the Shipping Act of 1984 on various occasions and assessing a civil penalty of $1,530,000. The NVOCC was found to have knowingly and willfully obtained ocean transportation at less than applicable rates by accessing service contracts to which it was neither a signatory nor an affiliate of a signatory


rescueME Introduced to Commercial Market

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Marine communication and safety specialist Ocean Signal presents what they call the world’s smallest personal locator beacon at this year’s Seawork International, through U.K. distributors International Safety Products. Following receipt of certifications for use throughout Europe and the U.S. in April, the rescueME PLB1 is now available from Ocean Signal’s worldwide network of distributors. The easy-to-use, 116g rescueME PLB1, with dimensions of 77mm (height)


India Reclaims the Indian Ocean

Narendra Modi in Seychelles by PMO India

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to three Indian Ocean countries is a bid to bolster India's economic and security ties in a region where Beijing has been making inroads in recent years.    New Delhi’s influence in the region has been eroding in the face of a quiet challenge from Beijing—Chinese-built highways, power plants and seaports have appeared in all three countries. With his Indian Ocean tour


U-Ocean Adds Oceanfreight Consols

Less than a year after U-Ocean, the oceanfreight arm of global freight forwarder the U-Freight Group (ufl) launched scheduled oceanfreight export consolidation services from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to Hong Kong, the global operator is undertaking a major expansion of the services that will boost its coverage of key markets throughout South East Asia. Early in 2008, weekly oceanfreight operations were established to serve markets in South East Asia via transhipment through the Hong


Fugawi X-Traverse Supports Online Charts

Software manufacturer Northport Systems Inc. announced the addition of Hilton’s Realtime-Navigator support to its online Fugawi X-Traverse collection for use with Fugawi navigation software, Apple iPhone and MacENC for Apple OS X. The combination of Fugawi X-Traverse and Hilton’s Realtime-Navigator gives users an unparalleled set of ocean condition tools to identify fish holding locations. The ultimate saltwater fishing tool, Fugawi X-Traverse provides users of the iPhone


FMC Recovers $350,000 in Penalties

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that it has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $350,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier and three non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs). The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission’s Area Representatives in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. headquarters staff


LA Port Chief Wins Conservation Award

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz.

Port of Los angeles Executive Director Receivs Peter Benchley ‘Excellence in Solutions' Ocean Conservation Award.     Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., has been named the 2012 recipient of the Blue Frontier Campaign’s Peter Benchley Ocean Award for  “Excellence in Solutions.” The Blue Frontier Campaign is a national marine conservation activist organization working to improve ocean policies in coastal states


Design & Operation: Wind Farm Support Vessels

Pictured is Alicat, South Boats IOW 26m Wind Farm Support Vessel operated by Seacat Services.

Offshore wind farm development has been led globally by the UK, followed by Germany. Both countries have governments with long term commitments to renewable energy. Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands are building wind farms, but they are a long way behind the leaders in offshore wind


New Ship Continues Atlantic Offshore's Fleet Modernization

Ocean Falcon, the latest vessel to be launched as part of Atlantic Offshore Rescue’s fleet modernization program (Photo: Atlantic Offshore)

Atlantic Offshore Rescue will unveil the third new vessel in the past 12 months as part of its fleet modernization program, representing an investment totaling $458 million.    Ocean Falcon, a new Class A Multi Role and Emergency Response and Rescue (MRV/ERRV) vessel


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Hit 6-Year Low

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 23 percent to $342 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to Shanghai Containerized Freight Index data told Reuters.


Indian Navy Monitoring Activities of China

Indian Navy Ship. Photo: Indian Navy

 Amid increasing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean region, Navy Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan said that Indian Navy “minutely” monitors the activities of its Chinese counterpart in the region, reports PTI.   Underlining that India's maritime resources are directly linked to


UNOLS Seeks Nominations for Council Positions

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of academic oceanographic institutions working in cooperation with agencies of the U.S. Federal Government to ensure broad access to modern, well-operated, state-of-the-art research vessels, submersibles, aircraft


Lamprell to Implement Software for Automated Manufacturing

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U.A.E based offshore jackup rig builder Lamprell Energy Ltd., will implement SSI's EnterprisePlatform software solution to allow its engineering team to automate manufacturing processes.   Acording to SSI (developer of ShipConstructor software)


US Orders Owner to Clean Up Ruptured Pipeline

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Federal order ensures continued action on Santa Barbara County oil spill   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a joint federal Clean Water Act order to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude oil leaked from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach


Golden Ocean: Worst Bulk Market Since 1980s

Dry bulk shipping firm Golden Ocean reported first-quarter earnings below forecasts on Thursday and said its market had gone from "bad to worse" with market conditions not seen in three decades. Golden Ocean, controlled by shipping tycoon John Fredriksen


Somaliland to Pick Berbera Port Partner by End of Year

Somaliland expects to choose a partner to develop and manage its Berbera port by the end of the year, with construction expected to start early next year, the breakaway territory's foreign minister said on Wednesday.   Mohamed Behi Yonis said the state


US Forecaster Predicts Below-average Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic Ocean will see a below-average number of hurricanes this season due to cooler seas and a strong El Niño effect, the U.S. government weather forecaster announced on Wednesday.   The forecast calls for six to 11 tropical storms this year


Superyacht Marina Planned at San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  Puerto Rico Ports Authority issues RFP for Marina District. The project envisions a superyacht marina and dry dock maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the Port of San Juan The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA), a public corporation and government instrumentality of the


Robotics Ocean Monitoring Alliance Formed in Africa

Slocum glider off Cape Town (Photo: BOM)

Blue Ocean Monitoring enters into strategic alliance with Sea Technology Services   Blue Ocean Monitoring (BOM) announced that it has entered a strategic business alliance agreement with Sea Technology Services (Pty) Ltd (STS). Under the alliance


Sea Urchin Haven Disturbed by Oil Spill

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  Stephanie Mutz makes a living plucking sea urchins from the Santa Barbara coast and selling the prickly treasure to upscale restaurants in Southern California. Now, she needs new hunting grounds. The coast, thought to be one of the world's best places for harvesting sea urchins


Miller is VP - Government and Political Affairs, NOIA

Megan Bel Miller

  The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has promoted Megan Bel Miller to Vice President for Government and Political Affairs. She will lead NOIA's Congressional relations and Political Action Committee.Megan joined the NOIA staff in May 2013 as Senior Director


China Denies Kra Canal Deal

The Kra-Canal Project. Map: International Institute of Marine Surveying

 China has denied it is involved in work on the Kra canal, defusing hype over a project that purportedly lets ships bypass the Strait of Malacca and Singapore's port, reports Strait Times.   There are no plans by the Chinese government to participate






 
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