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Ocean Shipholding Security Ops Agreement

The Maritime Administration has approved the award of a new Maritime Security Program operating agreement to Ocean Shipholdings, Inc., a U.S. citizen-owned company.  The new agreement, MA/MSP-108, provides for the operation of the product tanker Baltic Mariner in the MSP.  Under the agreement, the vessel is required to re-flag under U.S. documentation and employ U.S. citizen merchant mariners. In addition to other specific commercial and military criteria, Ocean Shipholdings qualified for the award based on its status as a U.S. citizen-owned company as defined in Section 2 of the Shipping Act of 1916.


First LNG Containership Receives ME-GI Engine

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Late last month, NASSCO engineers placed the world’s first dual-fuel slow speed engine into the World’s First Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered containership. The ME-GI engine represents the next generation of technology that will open the door to a cleaner and safer shipping industry, particularly in the United States. Doosan Engine built the 8L70ME-C8.2GI under license from the designer MAN Diesel and Turbo. The engine weighs 539 tons.


Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013

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The Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013 (SOS 2013), organized by the World Ocean Council (WOC), is an international ocean business community gathering dedicated to industry leadership and collaboration in developing solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. Washington D.C. - April 22-24, 2013 The theme of SOS 2013 is “Oceans 2050–The Ocean Business Community and Sustainable Seas.” The SOS is designed for the diverse range of ocean industries: shipping, oil and gas


Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE Offers $2 Million Award

XPRIZE announced the launch of its next major competition: the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. On the heels of the successful Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE, the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE aims to spur global innovators to develop accurate and affordable ocean pH sensors that will ultimately transform our understanding of ocean acidification, one of the gravest problems associated with the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).


XPRIZE Opens Registration for $2M Ocean Health Competition

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XPRIZE announced that team registration is open for the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a competition to incentivize breakthroughs in ocean pH sensor technology that will radically transform our understanding of ocean acidification. Teams are expected to come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from nanotechnology and biotechnology to industrial chemistry and marine science -- from academic institutions, nonprofit organizations and small and medium enterprises


Crowley Christens New Ocean Class Tugboat

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Crowley christens new ocean class, DP2 tugboat, Ocean Sun, in Louisiana As part of the company's new vessel build program, Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the latest of its four tugboats in the ocean class series, Ocean Sun, today in Lake Charles. The ceremony served to formally welcome the fourth dynamic positioning 2 (DP2) tugboat to the company’s expanded ocean towing fleet, which has been involved in most of the major offshore oil production installations in the U.S


Public Comment Period Open

Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the U.S.: Research Priorities for the Next Decade The public comment period is now OPEN for Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States: Research Priorities for the Next Decade, a draft document that outlines the national ocean research priorities for the United States for the next ten years. All interested parties are encouraged to review the document and provide input during this 45 day public comment period (scheduled to close


New Esri Ocean Industry Manager: Drew Stephens

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Drew Stephens to lead Esri's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Ocean and Coastal Environments Industry. Esri has hired Drew Stephens to expand the market for GIS within the ocean industry. Esri, the world leader in GIS, has accelerated the development of its ocean technologies via the Esri Ocean GIS Initiative. As Esri's industry manager for ocean and coastal environments , Stephens will play a key role in this effort through his diverse background and GIS experience.


Coastal Zone Management: ABA Publish New Book

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With oceans considered by many as one of the last frontiers, the American Bar Association's new book “Zoning the Oceans: The Next Big Step in Coastal Zone Management’’ is intended to help experts and government planners use zoning as a vehicle for ocean development and management. It is claimed to be the first book to focus on new and emerging state ocean zoning programs in the context of recent developments in offshore coastal zone regulation at the state and federal


WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit in Singapore

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  The World Ocean Council (WOC) has announced its 3rd Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) to be held on 9-11 November, 2015 in Singapore. The SOS is the only international, multi-sector, business event dedicated to “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. This first SOS to be held in Asia, the 2015 event is being developed in collaboration with stakeholders in Singapore, Hong Kong and responsible business leadership companies from around the world.


Shippers Cannot Relax Their Guard in SE Asia -MAST

Following a spate of six attacks in the Singapore Straight over the weekend, maritime security provider MAST is calling for shipping companies to strengthen their approach to maritime security in South East Asia.   “Shipping companies need to look at Best Management Practices (BMP) 4


Two Injured in Pipeline Blaze off Louisiana

 A natural gas pipeline has caught fire approximately 25 miles south of Marsh Island, La., Wednesday, injuring two vessel crew members working on the pipeline, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   Coast Guard watchstanders in New Orleans were notified at 8:30 p.m


North Korean Black-listed Ships in Russia

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 North Korean vessels owned by Ocean Maritime Management (OMM) have been seen using Russian ports, says the NK News vessel tracker.   OMM was sanctioned for its involvement in smuggling weapons through the Panama Canal in 2013.  


Iranian Ship, Crew Escape Captivity off Somali Coast

An Iranian fishing vessel and its crew have escaped after being held captive for five months by Somali fishermen, maritime piracy experts said on Friday, but it was not clear how many crew members had escaped. Jaber, an Iranian fishing vessel believed to have up to 19 crew


Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries

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  Registration opened for Third annual International Student Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries. Today the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) announced its latest competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry, with entries being sought from naval architectural students from


Shipping Rules to Protect Arctic Ocean

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 Clear and consistent rules that enhance maritime safety and best preserve what is important to Alaskans will benefit the entire Arctic region now and far into the future, reports ADN.   Experts forecast that the volume of cargo coming through that route is likely to increase from 1


Researchers Prepare Oceanic Trash Clean-Up Plan

Researchers returned on Sunday from mapping and sampling a massive swirling cluster of trash floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, as the Dutch-borne crew works to refine a clean-up strategy it will roll out globally. The crew of the Ocean Cleanup, backed by volunteers in sailboats


The Lowdown on Ocean Acidification

The two globes illustrate the changes in ocean acidification that are expected as the ocean continually absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Green areas are sufficiently saturated with aragonite to support shell formation; areas colored yellowish-brown are under-saturated, and shell dissolution occurs. The climate model shows the change in ocean aragonite saturation from 1885 to what is expected in 2094. (Image: NOAA)

Scientists say that the world’s oceans are acidifying.  This term is correct, but somewhat misleading.  Until recently, the oceans have had (so far as can be determined) a pH level of about 8.4 for millennia.  A pH of 7.0 is neutral


US Ocean Economy Sees Large Growth -NOAA

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In 2012, U.S. ocean and Great Lakes economy grew much faster than overall GDP   The U.S. ocean economy outpaced the domestic economy between 2011 and 2012, with an increase of $22 billion in gross domestic product, from $321 billion to $343 billion


Busan LNG Bunkering Terminal by 2020

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 A new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering terminal may become operational at South Korea's Busan New Port by 2020.    South Korean shipping company Polaris Shipping will reportedly invest $500 million (KRW 600 billion) to construct the facility.  


Coastal and Ocean Clean-up Project Funding

A volunteer with the NOAA-funded Protectores de Cuencas project records debris data on a beach in Puerto Rico. (Credit: NOAA)

 NOAA has awarded more than $675,000 in grants to 13 projects aimed at aiding coastal communities in their fight against marine debris, the agency announced.   This is the third year NOAA’s Marine Debris Program has awarded grants through its Marine Debris Prevention through


Aussie-Indian Submarine Drill, China Cautious

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 As part of growing strategic relationship to counter China's increased activity in the Indian Ocean,  India and Australia will focus on anti-submarine warfare in their first ever joint naval exercises,  reports SMH.   The Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy are gearing up


Clipper to Take Delivery of 2 Ultramax Newbuilds

Clipper Group announced it will take delivery of two SDARI64 newbuilding bulk carriers during the coming months from Sainty Shipbuilding in Yangzhou, China. The vessels, to be named Clipper Kalavryta and Clipper Kythira, were purchased as resales and will be technically and commercially managed by


Demand Rising for Cyrogenic Valves in Marine Sector

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UK-based manufacturer of cryogenic valves Bestobell Marine said it has seen a major increase in demand for its cryogenic valves from the marine sector in the U.S. This is largely due to the new Emissions Control Areas (ECA) which is increasing the number of dual-fuel vessels being commissioned


Shipping Lines Cut CO2 Emissions

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 The container carriers have managed to reduce their combined CO2 emissions by around one third since 2009, according to a new report.   Average CO2 emissions per container per kilometer for global ocean transportation routes have declined by 8






 
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