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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

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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.


Energy from the Ocean: The Ocean Thermal Energy Converter

A 1MW plant developed by the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) which will be built for installation off the coast of South Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, in the South Pacific Ocean.

Despite historic lows in traditional oil and gas energy markets, research and develoment continues in earnest on a number of projects designed to produce green energy. The latest, an Ocean Thermal Energy Converter (OTEC) from KRISO, received Approval in Principle from classification society Bureau


Campaign for Webb at $28 Mln and Counting

Photo: Webb Institute

Webb Institute’s Campaign Cabinet, led by President Keith Michel ’73 and Campaign Chair Joseph Cuneo ’57 announced that $28 million (70 percent) of the $40 million goal has been raised to date in the Campaign for Webb.  


Seafarers help Sought to Improve Onboard Design

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The Nautical Institute and CIRM (the principal international association for marine electronics companies) today launched a joint initiative to improve the usability of navigation and communication technology on board ships. Speaking at the International e-Navigation Underway Conference today


IMarEST Announces New Member Benefit

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The Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST) has announced a new benefit for its members in the form of IMarEST TV, an on-demand video platform. Members are able to access and watch exclusive content, including lectures, conferences


Chinese Shipping to Face Wave of Bankruptcies

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 The Shanghai International Shipping Institute (SISI) predicts a surge in bankruptcies within China's dry bulk shipping industry, Reuters reports.   The overall business climate in China continues to deteriorate and dry bulk shipping companies, being hit the hardest


DeltaLangh Bought by Langh Tech

Sauli Vahtokari from Langh Group’s production and Langh Group’s Managing Director Laura Langh-Lagerlöf. (Photo: Langh Tech)

Langh Tech has bought Deltamarin Ltd’s share of the previously jointly owned DeltaLangh Ltd, which manufactures scrubbers and water treatment systems.   “The cooperation with Deltamarin continues and Deltamarin Floating Construction can still provide turnkey scrubber


Russian Class for New FSRU

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping

A Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) will be built to the class of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). The agreement on classification of FSRU under construction has been signed between RS and Hyundai Heavy Industries, the Republic of Korea.   


North Korea Faked Submarine Missile Launch Photos, Say Experts

Photo:  North Koreas Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)

 Photos and footages showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists, according to an analysis by a California-based think tank, says a report in Reuters.    North Korea, heavily sanctioned by the United States and United Nations


MarineCFO Integrates Document Management System for Onboard Use

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MarineCFO has announced the availability of its newly developed Marine Document Management System (MDMS), designed specifically as a tool to assist marine operators in organizing recordkeeping, assessment, & training verification requirements both ashore and afloat.


Webb Institute Adds Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering

Benjamin H. Scott (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute has appointed Benjamin H. Scott as the Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering. Scott is a design engineer with over 30 years of experience in thermal and hydraulic analysis, heat exchanger design, thermal performance testing and fluid system design.   


Gemeco Launches Re-designed Web Resource

Proper installation of transducers and the corresponding cabling is necessary for efficient operation of today’s marine electronics Courtesy Gemeco

   Gemeco Marine Accessories, world-leading experts in the selection, placement and technical support for marine transducers and NMEA networking products, announced today the launch of an all new web-based resource for boaters and dealers on the company website – www.gemeco.com


US Awards Grant for Maritime Apprenticeships

Marine engineering apprenticeship program will create greater access to education and training in maritime and advanced manufacturing fields    Foss Maritime announced today a partnership to establish the curriculum for a new marine engineering apprenticeship program


Eastern Launches Tug for Suderman & Young

Neptune Photo Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. launched the Escort Tug NEPTUNE for Suderman & Young Towing Company on January 5, 2016. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility


China's Maritime Economy Approaches $1 Trillion

Image: National Maritime Museum of China

 Total maritime output or maritime economy of China  is expected to generate nearly 6.5 trillion yuan (988.79 billion U.S. dollar) in 2015, about 7 percent more than 2014, reports Xinhua.   State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said that the total production value last year is


Computer Aided Robotics Welding

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CAD/CAM software maker SSI said it is developing solutions for Computer Aided Robotics Welding (CAR-W) consistent with its recent innovations in the area of 3D weld management. This research project is under the aegis of the U.S. Navy’s National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP).






 
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