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Navy Energy Conservation Open BAA Released

The , Carderock Division (NSWCCD) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) discussing Energy Conservation Applications for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) Combat Logistics Force, Auxiliaries and Sealift ships. The BAA solicits innovative concepts for Navy shipboard energy conservation and carbon footprint reduction with the potential for rapid transition to Fleet operation.  The solicitation is BAA number N00167-11-BAA-01.  The Energy Conservation BAA will be open for two years and white papers may be submitted any time throughout the period beginning 1 December 2010 and ending 31 October 2012.  This BAA, more information and directions for submitting white papers to NSWCCD can be found at  

Natural Gas Engine Development in China

Gas Engine Prototype: Photo credit GYM Co.

Guanxi Yuchai Machinery Company developing natural gas-powered engines for multi-purose use China Yuchai International Limited sayst its subsidiary Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL) is developing natural gas-powered engines. The new engines will complement GYMCL's line of diesel engines used in large buses, trucks, power generators and marine engines. The gas-powered engines are being developed in response to government policies encouraging energy conservation and

Energy Dashboard to Reduce Fuel Consumption

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) installed the Energy Dashboard proof-of-concept system in USS Kidd (DDG 100), April 2.   Energy Dashboard is one of several shipboard energy efficiency initiatives that provides Sailors with a real-time assessment of energy usage and recommended actions to reduce fuel and electrical power consumption."Energy Dashboard is similar to the systems in today's newer vehicles that show drivers their instantaneous miles per gallon

Alaris' Gaffney Honored by USMMA Alumni

Michael P. Gaffney, Alaris Companies Executive Vice President of Engineering

Michael P. Gaffney, Alaris Companies Executive Vice President of Engineering, received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from the Alumni Foundation Board of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point. Gaffney received the award at his 25th class reunion during the Alumni Awards Banquet on October 13, 2011.   The Outstanding Professional Achievement Award is presented to graduates who best exemplify the finest tradition of Corps – Acta Non Verba – by

USN Demonstrates Alternative Fuels for Shipboard Use

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The U.S. Navy conducted a full power demonstration of a Riverine Command Boat (experimental) (RCB-X) powered by alternative fuel, Oct. 22, at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Testing and evaluation of alternative fuels from the 49-ft. RCB-X boat supports the Secretary of the Navy's efforts to reduce the fleet's reliance on fossil fuels and is part of a series of progressively complex tests and evaluations scheduled through 2012

LNG Revival Sparked In U.S.

U.S. Appetite For LNG Increases as Evidenced By 90% Leap In Imports The import and use of Liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the U.S. has been staging a comeback.. The country's two active import terminals are handling a rising number of tanker cargoes, with imports up 90 percent last year, and there are plans to re-launch two dormant terminals during the next two years. U.S. demand for natural gas is projected to rise strongly over the next decade

Alaris Helps U.S. Coast Guard Save Money, Go Green

Alaris engineers perform an audit of energy use aboard a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter.

Alaris Companies (Alaris) is helping the U.S. Coast Guard to save taxpayer dollars, decrease energy usage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a unique fleet energy management program.   Working under a previously announced Michael Baker Jr., Inc (Baker) Department of Homeland Security - Coast Guard contract for Architect / Engineering Services, engineers from Alaris completed an assessment and report for the 110-ft Patrol Boat (WPB) and 225-ft Seagoing Buoy Tender (WLB) class of

USCG Works to Save Energy, Emissions

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Alaris Companies last month announced it is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to help it decrease energy use and emissions via its fleet energy management program. Maritime Reporter recently visited with Alaris CEO, Bobbi Wolff, and Executive VP of Engineering, Michael Gaffney, to discuss the company, its system and the global trend to minimize maritime’s carbon footprint. Alaris recently won a contract to help the U.S. Coast Guard decrease energy use and greenhouse gas emissions

Naval Engineering Education Center Kick Off

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) celebrated the kick off of the Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC), launching a three-day conference at the University of Michigan, July 26-28.  NEEC is a new partnership between NAVSEA and a consortium of 15 top colleges and universities as well as 2 engineering professional societies focused on developing the Navy's future science, engineering and acquisition workforce. 

MMS Supports Workshop on Effects of Wave Energy

Scientists from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) will join colleagues from federal and state government, academia, and industry to examine potential effects of wave energy at the Ecological Effects of Wave Energy Development in the Pacific Northwest Workshop at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, on October 11-12, 2007. MMS is a major co-sponsor of the scientific workshop along

U.S. Culls Over 1,200 Oregon Cormorants

Oregon Cormorants Courtesy Wikipedia

  The U.S. federal government has killed more than 1,000 seabirds on an Oregon island since May to protect endangered salmon as part of a plan that environmentalists say is flawed and are seeking to stop with a lawsuit. So far, 1,221 adult cormorants have been killed and more than 5

Syncrude Uncertain about Plant Fire Affecting Production

Syncrudes Mildred Lake plant Photo Syncrude

  The operator of Canada's largest synthetic crude project said on Saturday it is investigating the causes of an early morning fire at an upgrading plant. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, at Syncrude Canada's Mildred Lake upgrading complex in northern Alberta, and no one was injured

Panama Canal Suspends Draft Restriction

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The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has lifted scheduled vessel draft restrictions brought on by lingering draught conditions in the region.   The ACP had previously set restrictions of 11.89 meters Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) to take effect September 8 due to the effects of an El

Webb Institute Hires New Assistant Professor

Michael T. Martin (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute announced Michael T. Martin, PE as its new Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. Prof. Martin has over 23 years of experience as a marine electrical engineer with a broad background in electrical systems including, electrical propulsion, power generation, power distribution

NOIA Supports DOI’s Upcoming Offshore Lease Sale

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi today voiced his support for the U.S. Department of Interior’s (DOI) Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale scheduled for next week.   “The call to delay next week’s Department of the Interior Western Gulf of

Nearly $140m Proposed for GoM Restoration Work

Image: Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Thursday commended the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for issuing its initial list of proposed projects for natural resource restoration for Gulf Coast communities in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  

Gazprom Earmarks RUB 10.8 bln for R&D

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  Gazprom Group continues earmarking considerable funds for financing research and development (R&D) activities. In 2014 a record-breaking amount in the whole Company history – RUB 10.82 billion – was devoted to these purposes

Water Conservation Measures at Panama Canal

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  The water levels at Gatun and Madden Lakes are currently well below the expected levels for this time of year. Based on a comprehensive analysis of historic data, both current and projected water utilization, as well as the estimated rainfall in the Canal watershed for the remainder of the

New Binding Law of The Sea Agreement Advanced

  WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (Singapore, 9-11 November 2015) Will Enable Industry to Organize its Input to this Major New Ocean Treaty Development The U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) last week adopted a formal resolution to develop a legally-binding treaty for the conservation of marine

ISO Certification for MOL Ship Management Company

Certificate presentation ceremony in Manila

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., today announced that its group ship management company for dry bulkers, Magsaysay MOL Ship Management, Inc. has acquired certifications from Nihon Kaiji Kyokai, for Energy Management Systems (ISO50001*1) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO14001*2) on June 18

Ulstein Launches Discovery Series

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 Originating from an offshore design platform, Ulstein Group presents its Discovery Series concept, which includes three different vessels in the exploration, cruising and coastal patrolling categories.    “70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered by oceans

Environmentalists Sue Over Shell Plan to Drill in Arctic

Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July.   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior

US Funding for Air Emissions/Alternative Energy Projects

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that up to $1.3 million in Federal funding is now available through cooperative agreements for projects supporting vessel emissions reductions and alternative energy.   The funding is being made available under two separate requests for

Strong FY 16 Funding Approved for Corps

   Today the House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), approved by unanimous voice vote the FY ’16 Energy & Water Development (E&WD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill, significantly increasing funding in Fiscal Year 2016 for the U.S

NOAA’s National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy Opposed

Implementation Plan

  Recently, NOAA Fisheries released the implementation plan to support the latest National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Policy. The policy, announced at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show in February, was developed with input from recreational fishing and boating communities

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