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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.

Virginia Tech Ocean Engineering Students Visit USS Memphis

Fast attack submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) departs Port Everglades, Fla., to provide tours to Virginia Tech students during Fleet Week 2007. Fleet Week celebrates the U.S. Navy through community relation projects and tours of various ships. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Lange By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Robert Keilman, Commander, Submarine Force Public Affairs

ACP Appoints Deputy Administrator

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors has unanimously appointed engineer Jose Barrios Ng as its new deputy administrator after serving as ACP chief financial officer since 2002. He will continue to oversee his former position until a replacement is appointed. Barrios Ng holds a master's in economics engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, a master's in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and a degree in corporate finance from the Massachusetts

Gas to Solid Transport Tech Coming

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. reported that it is about to develop a practical technology to convert natural gas into a solid for low-cost maritime transportation. The planned natural gas hydrate (NGH) technology is expected to become practical in fiscal 2008, Mitsui Engineering said in a joint report with such concerns as Osaka University and the National Maritime Research Institute to an international study forum in Tokyo.

Diakun Named VP at Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed Peter C. Diakun to vice president of platform integration and technology development. He reports to Eric Womble, vice president of the advanced capabilities group for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, the newly-formed sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation, is made up of the former Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and shipbuilding sectors. Diakun's responsibilities include leading technology development and platform

Ingram Taps Taylor as Controller and SVP

Crystal Taylor, Senior Vice President and Controller.

Ingram promotes Crystal Taylor to Senior Vice President and Controller.   Ingram Barge Company today announced the promotion of Crystal Taylor to Senior Vice President and Controller effective June 1. Ms. Taylor joined Ingram in 1993 as a staff accountant at Ingram Book Company. She transferred to Ingram’s marine group in 2003 as Director of Financial Projects and was named Vice President for Finance and Accounting in 2011. She will succeed Al Oldham who is retiring. Mr

Senator Boxer Introduces High Tech Port Security Act

Senator Boxer (D-CA) introduced a bill (S. 1147) to protect United States ports, and for other purposes. The High Tech Port Security Act would require that all new shipping containers be blast resistant, that all containers be inspected with advanced technology before leaving a port after unloading from a ship, and that high tech command and control centers for maritime security be established in the 20 busiest U.S. seaports. This bill illustrates that idle hands are the devil's playthings

Bay-Houston Towing Takes Delivery of Lexie M


Bay-Houston Towing Co. has taken delivery of another of their innovative Z-Tech 7500 tugs. The Z-Tech 7500 design is the largest of the Robert Allan line of Z-Tech tugboats. The Lexie M was delivered to Bay-Houston on July 8, 2008.

Shipbuilding Career Day at Old Dominion

Photo courtesy Old Dominion University

The Shipbuilding Repair and Maritime Career Day Event 2010 was held in the Ted Constant Convocation Center on March 30 in Norfolk, Virginia. About 700 students and 70 teachers from different schools in Hampton Roads area participated in this daylong event. This year the scope of this event was extended to include maritime industry. The event offered an educational and fun-filled environment for middle and high school students to learn about various career options in shipbuilding

New Low-emissions Fuel Patented

Maine Maritime Academy faculty member, Dr. George Harakas, has coauthored a patent with colleague and business partner, Scott Eaton, for glycerol-containing fuel aimed at reducing emissions in large diesel engines. The two are members of the SeaChange Group LLC a private company formed in 2009 to develop low-emissions fuels. They recently received notice from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that patent # 8,679,202 was formally issued.

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

Photo: SAMSA

 Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy.   Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s

Blue Whales Return to Barents Sea

Return of the blue whales

  Employees of the Institute of Sea Research spotted 17 species of blue whales in the Barents Sea in the area of ​​Svalbard. Animals returned to the region after a century of absence. On these meetings the giant cetaceans reported this summer, coast guard ships, and even cruise ships

Eastern Launches Tug for Suderman & Young

Triton (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced it has launched escort tug Triton for Suderman & Young Towing Company on September 11, 2015.   The launch ceremony was held at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility and hosted by Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern

New Orleans Port to Host Maritime Workforce Summit


  The Port of New Orleans is set to host the 2nd Annual Maritime Workforce Summit and Career Expo presented by WWL-TV’s ‘We Choose Louisiana.”   Designed to expand awareness of the economic impact of commerce on the Lower Mississippi River and highlight career

IMEI Certification - Unique Achievement

Director General of Shipping Deepak Shetty in the Center alongwith other guests

  For Institute of Marine Engineers of India having achieved standardisation and maintainenace of quality processes simultaneously not just at their Head Office but also their eight branches and Five Chapters, spread all over the country is unique in India

Maersk's Blend-on-Board Project to Market Soon

‘SEA-Mate Blending-on-Board’ is the creation and core product of Maersk Fluid Technology. Photo: Maersk Fluid Technologies

 The Danish shipping giant Maersk has decided to commercialise its new tech invention -  SEA-Mate Blend-on-Board - developed by the subsidiary Maersk Fluid Technologies (MFT), says Denmark's post.   The new technology recycles motor oil and has saved Maersk 110 million kroner

Australia's New Shipping Laws Threaten Loss of Jobs

Image credit:  Shipping Australia

 The planned changes to Australia’s shipping laws would cause a 93% loss of Australian seafaring jobs a new report says.   More than nine in 10 domestic seafarers will lose their jobs if the Abbott government's plan to relax shipping regulations passes Parliament

Webb Institute Kicks Off Big Fundraising Push

Photo: Webb Institute

On the heels of its 125th anniversary, Webb Institute has launched a fundraising effort seeking to raise $40 million to enhance the college’s programs, infrastructure and financial resources to meet the growing challenges of an expanding marine industry, the college announced today.  

China Offers Cheaper Submarines to Egypt

Photo: Chinese Navy

 China is offering to build submarines for Egypt that are cheaper than vessels on offer from Germany, sources told Reuters, as Beijing looks to enhance weapons exports over a normal patron bottom in Asia.   According to sources, Beijing has sought to undercut Western submarine makers

Bristol Harbor Group Announces Two New Hires

Zachary Gilfus and Marissa Stutzman (Photos: BHGI)

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) announced the addition of naval architect Zachary Gilfus and mechanical engineer Marissa Stutzman to its naval architecture and marine engineering practice.   Gilfus is the most recent addition to BHGI

NAVTOR Opens Japan Office

Navtors Japan office opening

Less than a year after opening its first office in Asia, Norwegian e-navigation specialist NAVTOR is expanding in the region again - this time with a dedicated presence in Japan.   NAVTOR Japan K.K. will help the firm, known for its simple

Navigation Accidents and Causes

maritime industry continues to maintain best practice

  The Nautical Institute’s latest book looks at major casualties and the lessons that can be learned, setting out good practice to avoid them in future. The book, launched yesterday (Monday), examines nearly 30 casualties and the problems of fatigue, bridge resource management

Changes in Swire Pacific's Top Deck

Ron Mathison

  Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) announces a change in leadership with the appointment of a new Managing Director in Singapore. Mr Ron Mathison has taken over the helm as the new Managing Director on Monday, 21st September 2015.  Mr Mathison has also been appointed as Director of John

NHMS Officials Visit MOL’s SOSC

Touring the SOSC

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. welcomed five visitors from The National Hydro-Meteorological Service of Vietnam (NHMS), and hosted a tour of the company’s innovative Safety Operation Supporting Center (SOSC).   The NHMS is a national institute responsible for weather forecasting and

Emerging Tech of Online Education and Training

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The emerging technology tool is embraced by award winning West Kentucky Community & Technical College’s Inland Logistics and Marine Institute and its students. Years ago, it was not uncommon for a deckhand on a towboat with no higher education to work his way up the ladder to become a

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