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'Seasteading' Movement Third Conference

Founder-chairman Patri Friedman Addresses: Photo credit Seasteading Institute

The recent Seasteading Institute conference united those who aspire to live in experimental communities founded in permanent ocean habitations The Seasteading Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to enabling the establishment of permanent communities on the ocean, recently held its third conference, at San Francisco’s Le Méridien Hotel. Since 2008, The Seasteading Institute has been the focal point of the seasteading movement, which aims to utilize the high seas to spur innovation within the government industry. Seasteading enthusiasts believe humanity would benefit from a new place to experiment with new societies, but since all of terra firma is claimed, they look to the ocean as the next frontier. “The ocean provides a space to innovate with political and social systems that could advance and serve humanity,” says The Seasteading Institute director Randolph Hencken. The conference, attracted over one hundred individuals from at least seven countries, representing an array of backgrounds and perspectives, and making for a lively and energetic affair throughout. The focus of the conference was not politics or ideology. Rather, it was on what Maritime Alliance representative William Riedy referred to as the “blue-tech revolution”—the technologies, discoveries, and partnerships that could soon unlock the oceans’ vast potential.


FAU Gets Funds to Help Create Base at Sea

Florida Atlantic University is helping the U.S. military move to the next level, according to a report on www.bocaratonnews.com. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has provided $2 million to the university to design and build a sea base – a large platform to be used as a jumping-off point for the operations of a Navy unit. FAU’s SeaTech – Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering in Dania Beach – received a $2 million grant from ONR to investigate, design and build a prototype.


Piracy Fight Becoming a Private Battle

Map Courtesy of Lowry Institute

New report reveals boom in private military security forces fighting Indian Ocean pirates. Research into the use of private military security companies in the Indian Ocean has found the fight against Somali-based pirates has become a private battle as global defence cuts reduce naval counter-piracy deployments. The report, 'Pirates and Privateers: Managing the Indian Ocean's Private Security Boom'  sheds new light on the serious problem of Somali piracy and highlights new problems


Jensen Hires Jianjun Qi

Jianjun Qi

Jensen Maritime Consultants hired its third naval architect, Jianjun Qi, in the company’s new office in the New Orleans business district, reporting to Jensen General Manager Sergio Fifi. Qi brings to Jensen a decade of naval architecture, marine engineering and shipyard expertise.  Before joining Jensen he worked as a naval architect at Incat Crowther, of Morgan City, La., a diversified naval architecture group


UDEI Hosts Wind Energy Symposium

Cristina Archer: Photo credit UD

Experts explore future of wind energy research in two-day symposium at the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI). How would wind turbines in the ocean alter the wind flow? Is wind energy a practical solution for powering electrical grids? Forward-looking questions such as those were addressed by experts in the field of wind energy at a recent symposium sponsored by the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI)


Oceans '13 MTS/IEEE San Diego Preview

Oceans 13 web.jpg

Heeding the call to join “An Ocean in Common,” authors flooded the Oceans ‘13 MTS/IEEE San Diego technical program committee with a record number of abstracts in a single day. Special topics include an Ultra-deep track discussing current and prospective robotic technologies, plus a panel of scientists to consider research questions. Oceans2013 Chair Bob Wernli, and Co-Chair Kevin Hardy, developer of the unmanned landers for James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge Expedition


OTE Debuts in Providence

The inaugural OceanTech Expo (OTE) debuted today at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The industry-led expo, slated for September 5-7, will showcase new equipment, training and demonstrations of technologies in the marine science and ocean technology industries. OTE will feature emerging trends in subsea technologies and markets, as they pertain to: homeland security, port & harbor defense; military and government; offshore oil & gas; and marine science and exploration.


Jamaica Maritime Authority Moves

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica has a new head office - right on the waterfront in Kingston. Customers of the MAJ and Jamaica Flag Registry are set to benefit from the new location which is also closer to the Maritime Training Institute and only seven minutes from the Port of Kingston. The MAJ says its new offices will allow for greater accessibility to the MAJ by its customers and will better enable the MAJ to serve its market.


USNI Appoints VAdm Daly Chief Executive Officer

On July 27, 2011, the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) begins an important new chapter with the appointment of Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, U.S. Navy (Ret.) as the professional society’s Chief Executive Officer. Daly served from August 2008 until June 2011 as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He brings more than 30 years experience as a commissioned naval officer, to include command of the destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59); Commander


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, it joined Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas in a program that tracks ocean circulation dynamics and measures atmospheric and oceanographic conditions, on repeated journeys.


Former ‘Google Barge’ Sold

Photo: Marcon International

After concluding two 3,500HP tug sales on December 30, Marcon International Inc. has started 2015 with three ocean barge sales, and hopes to report on several additional sales before the end of this month. Five 4,500-6,000HP tugs, one 5,150BHP AHTS and two 3,200 – 5


Australia’s Submarine Dilemma

Defense Minister Kevin Andrews (Source: Defense Ministry)

The government of Australia came under fresh pressure to reject Japanese submarines as the spearhead for a new undersea fleet, with one of the country’s top security think-tanks urging consideration of a homegrown naval deterrent, reports WSJ 


FMC Commissioners Meet with China Transport Officials

Wang Jianmin, Vice President of the Shanghai Shipping Exchange and Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr.

Federal Maritime Commissioners Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. and William P. Doyle met with transportation officials from China on January 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Members of the delegation included Professor Yu Shicheng, Chairman of the Shanghai Maritime University Council and Director of the


Australia Bolsters SAR in Indian Ocean Region

AMSA leading program to strengthen search and rescue capabilities in Indian Ocean region   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it has commenced its Search and Rescue (SAR) Capability Partnership Program this week with counterpart agencies in Sri Lanka


ENI Extends Contract with Ocean Rig

Photo: Ocean Rig

Several of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. subsidiaries have entered into an omnibus agreement with ENI Angola S.p.A pursuant to which ENI has exercised its option to extend the contract for the drillship Ocean Rig Poseidon for a further one year until the second quarter of 2017.  


Tsuneishi Builds 200th Kamsarmax Bulk Carrier

Ultra Lion (Photo: Tsuneishi Shipbuilding)

Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. finished building an 82,000-mt D/W type bulk carrier Ultra Lion on January 7, 2015, marking the completion of the builder’s 200th Kamsarmax model vessel.   Built by Tsuneishi Group Shipbuilding, Inc


Statoil Evacuates North Sea Platforms Ahead of Storm

A Statoil offshore field (file photo, courtesy Statoil)

Norwegian oil and gas producer Statoil is moving some workers off seven North Sea platforms in anticipation of a weekend storm, but production should not be affect, a spokesman said on Friday. "We are partly unmanning the Statfjord B and C, Troll B, Snorre B, Veslefrikk


SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training

The Simulator at the Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.

On December 10, 2014, SCI launched a major initiative to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.   The day before its 15th Annual River Bell Awards ceremony, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) pushed the proverbial


SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training

Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) launched an initiative on December 10, 2014 aiming to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.   The day before its 15th Annual River Bell Awards ceremony


Fidelis Group Launches Ocean Cargo Division

H. Elder Brown, Jr. (Photo courtesy: Fidelis Group)

Fidelis Group launches ocean cargo division; Doug Fischer and Crystal Prout named managing directors Fidelis Group Holdings, LLC (FGH) with its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters, Ltd. announced  the formation of its new ocean cargo division.


BSEE Allocates $6m for Oil Spill Research Projects

Photo courtesy of BSEE

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will invest up to $6 million to support oil spill response research projects in 2015 and is soliciting proposals for these projects.   In a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released on the federal government’s business


Education and Training the Theme for World Maritime Day

Image: IMO

IMO Secretary-General launches 2015 World Maritime Day theme: “Maritime education and training” at World Maritime University   International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme


California Fines 4 Shipping Firms

  The California Air Resources Board has fined four shipping companies a combined $146,719 for failing to switch from dirty diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters – within 24 nautical miles of the


Winners of Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards Named

Sunset over the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Florida. One of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Awards was given for research in the reserve. (Credit Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve)

  Eleven individuals and organizations have been named as winners of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards for Excellence in Coastal Ocean Resource Management, an award given by NOAA’sOffice for Coastal Management for exemplary leadership and a commitment to balancing the human use


US Visa Initiative for Ethiopian Seafarers

US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Patricia M Haslach, with the EMTI administration and cadets (Photo courtesy: EMTI)

The Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute (EMTI) has welcomed an initiative by the United States that will provide Ethiopian seafarers with a new class of C1/D visas. The new C1/D visas issued to Ethiopian crewmembers will now be valid for two years.






 
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