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MariTEL Wins Nine FCC Maritime Licenses

MariTEL, a nationwide provider of VHF marine wireless telecommunications, has won all nine Federal Communications Commission maritime licenses for an aggregate cost of $6.8 million. After eight days and 44 rounds of competitive bidding, MariTEL won sole rights to 20 channels in the spectrum range 156-162 mHz. The nine territories cover 43 states and 100 percent of U.S. navigable waterways. The licenses will enable the company to create a single nationwide system. Expanded channel coverage, the newly acquired spectrum and amended regulations also allow MariTEL to offer land mobile systems on a secondary basis to approximately 235 million people. In conjunction with its acquisition of VHF licenses, MariTEL will begin construction of MariNET, the marine wireless local loop. The MariNET system will provide fully encrypted and automated dax, email and voice transmission capability. MariNET's seamless coverage will be fully integrated with the Public Service Telephone Network (PSTN), as well as the Global Marine Distress Safety System (GMDSS). Through the network, a user can place a call to any phone in the world.


'White Space' Waterway Communications System Evaluated

Pittsburgh Workboat: Photo courtesy of Metric Systems

Hosted by the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, Metric Systems Corp. carried out Beta-testing of its 'White Space' spectrum wireless networking systems with successful results. The trial was a tough, real-world application showcasing the superior propagation capabilities of the newly opened unlicensed TV bands, called White Space spectrum, says Metric Systems. Using the production RaptorX (VHF/UHF Network Radio) continuous high-definition broadband wireless video communication was established


ICCL and CI Launch Project to Protect Sensitive Marine Areas

The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) and Conservation International (CI) announced a joint initiative to develop a global map that integrates additional sensitive marine areas into cruise line navigational charts where wastewater discharge should be avoided. This global mapping project comes as a result of a series of recommendations on wastewater management for the cruise industry developed by an independent science panel comprised of leading marine experts


Ingall Shipbuilding Awards Grants to Local Schools

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)  announced that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has awarded $70,500 in grants to 19 school districts and organizations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The grants will be used by the districts for various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects. "These STEM grants provide school districts with resources that math and science teachers can use to get students excited about solving hard problems," said Irwin F


U.S. Navy Names Research Vessel to Honor Sally Ride

Sally Ride (Photo: Scripps)

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the nation's newest research vessel will be named R/V Sally Ride, in honor of the former UC San Diego faculty member who was the first American female astronaut and the youngest American to fly in space. The ship is owned by the U.S. Navy, will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and will have its home port at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility in Point Loma on San Diego Bay.


Offshore Oil & Gas: Brazil’s Northern Frontier

Seismic Streamer MV Oceanic Endeavour. Photo: Michel Floch

In an effort to spread out oil and gas production to other parts of the country and increase overall oil production, Brazil has finally intensified hydrocarbon exploration along its northeastern and northern coasts. These are some of the poorest regions in the country and infrastructure for oil and gas exploration is minimal, yet significant discoveries and seismic indicators of large reservoirs are tantalizing and have attracted major local and foreign investors


Citizen Science Volunteers Needed to Transcribe Ship's Logs

NOAA and the National Archives seek citizen science volunteers to transcribe weather data from historic ship logs. NOAA and the National Archives and Records Administration are turning to citizen science volunteers to make a wealth of weather data recorded in old ship logs available to climate scientists worldwide. NOAA, National Archives, and Zooniverse – an alliance of scientific organizations that hosts citizen science projects such as Old Weather (www.oldweather


UNOLS Call for Nominations

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) seeks nominations & applications to fill Council and Committee vacancies in 2013. The open positions include:     •    UNOLS Council - 1 position     •    Deep Submergence Science Committee - 3 positions     •    Fleet Improvement Committee - 1 position


Mystery Barges Emerge on Both US Coasts

Photo courtesy of Portland Tugboat LLC

Two cargo barges have popped up on either coast of the country, prompting wild rumors about whether Google is behind the floating enigmas and what projects could possibly be in store, reports the Christian Science Monitor. On the edge of Treasure Island, an old Navy base in the San Francisco Bay, the 250-foot long, 72-foot wide, four-story tall cargo barge with the registration BAL 0010 is not open to the public, and is heavily guarded at all times


China Opens New Maritime Development Zone

A new zone in the west coast of Jiaozhou Bay covering about 2,096 square km of land and 5,000 square km of water, has been designated in east China's Shandong Province to steer the country's marine development, according to Xinhua. The Qingdao West Coast New Area (QWCNA) of Huangdao District in coastal Qingdao aims to pilot innovation in marine technology and serve as a strategic base for deep sea and off-shore exploration.


Kawamura is SENER's Japan Region Manager

Koji Kawamura

The engineering and technology group SENER has appointed Koji Kawamura as Country Manager for Japan. Koji Kawamura is a professional with wide experience in marine software and in project and business management.   Kawamura assumes this position with the objective of managing SENER office


DONG Energy Appoints CEO for E&P

Soren Gath Hansen

  Søren Gath Hansen will step down as Group Executive Vice President and CEO for E&P. His successor is David B. Cook who comes from a position as Executive Officer and Head of Oil & Gas at the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, TAQA


Breakthrough Capability Keeps Subs, Ships Safe

Lt. j.g. Colcord Moore, from Boston, Mass., and Quartermaster 1st Class Howell Trinidad, from Long Beach, Calif., discuss navigation charts in the pilot house of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem

  Interactive software that can dramatically cut the time it takes to plan safe submarine missions is crossing over to the surface fleet and is being installed this month on the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), officials announced Dec. 16.


Even 'Small' Vessels are Getting Bigger

141218 Shipowners Club_Development of tonnage infographic_logo_Dec 2014.jpg

The Shipowners’ Club is a mutual provider of P&I insurance that has throughout its 160 year history been dedicated to serving owners of small and specialist ships.  These vessels, active in a range of different operations, are at the lower end of the size spectrum and


NUWC Newport Holds Change of Command

Capt. Howard Goldman , right, reports that he has assumed command of Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport to Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, commander of NUWC (center), as the former commander of NUWC Newport, Capt. Todd Cramer,  looks on.

Capt. Howard Goldman relieved Capt. Todd Cramer as commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport during a change of command ceremony on Friday, Nov. 14. A naval submariner originally from Baltimore, Md., Goldman is a 1987 graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas


UNEPCOM Endorses Rosneft's Arctic Research Initiative

The scientific exploration of the Arctic

  The Russian National Committee for UNEP (UNEPCOM) endorsed the initiative of Rosneft and the Russian Geographical Society to elaborate interdisciplinary scientific program for comprehensive Arctic research. This program will help to set out the principles of special economic activity


Seaspan Shipyard's Prompt Response to Canadian Coast Guard

Brian Carter, President, Seaspan Shipyards

Seaspan Shipyard’s long-standing relationship with the Canadian Coast Guard was proudly showcased in recent days, with simultaneous repair and maintenance work on Coast Guard vessels at all three of the company’s shipyards – Vancouver Drydock


Everett College to Launch New Research Boat

Phocoena (Photo courtesy of Everett Community College)

Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) will launch its new research vesel on November 22 with a celebration at 11 a.m. at the Port of Everett.   The dedication of the Phocoena (the scientific name for harbor porpoise


Orlando Ashford is President, Holland America Line

Orlando  Ashford

  Holland America Line announced today that effective Dec. 1 Orlando Ashford will join the company as president to lead the award-winning cruise line's brand and business, including its fleet of 15 premium vessels carrying approximately 850,000 guests annually to all seven continents


Energy’s Promising Future Threatened

Unrealistic Fears and Overstated Risks obscure the benefits of new seismic data. The United States stands poised on the edge of a bright energy future. After decades of decreasing domestic energy production and increasing reliance on foreign sources of oil and natural gas


Kings Point Student Earns NMRA Scholarship

Jacqueline Weymann (left) with Norm MacLeod

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) recently awarded its second $500 scholarship to a student pursuing education in the marine industry and maritime trades. Jacqueline Weymann, of Kings Point, New York, was honored in a presentation made by NMRA past president Norm MacLeod


Coast Guard Cutter Departs for Antarctic Mission

U.S. Coast Guard photos  by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer

The nation’s only heavy icebreaker departed Seattle Sunday for a four-month mission to Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the annual Joint Task Force Support to resupply the National Science Foundation outpost there. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star from Coast Guard


Allen Naugle Joins HMS Global Maritime

HMS Global Maritime Welcomes Allen Naugle as Director  of Safety Quality and Environment

HMS Global Maritime welcomed Allen Naugle as the Director of Safety, Quality and Environment as of December 1, 2014. He will be headquartered in the HMS Global Maritime Corporate office in New Albany, IN. Allen brings 28 years of engineering and leadership experience to the team


MHI Nuclear Engineering Training in Vietnam

On December 5, a ceremony was held at Electric Power University (EPU) in Hanoi, Vietnam, to mark the start of the fourth year Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) is providing instruction in nuclear engineering at this educational institution.


ARENA Funding Produces Record Solar Efficiency

Solar pv panels

ARENA today congratulated researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for being the first in the world to convert more than 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity. The record efficiency was first achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney






 
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