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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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UMaine's Offshore Wind Pilot Project Gets Green Light

Image courtesy of Maine Aqua Ventus

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has approved in a 2-1 vote a term sheet for Maine Aqua Ventus’ pilot offshore wind energy project. The decision clears a hurdle for Maine Aqua Ventus in its path to receive electric ratepayer support as it tests new offshore wind technology developed at the University of Maine. (Maine Aqua Ventus is a consortium made up of Emera, Cianbro and Maine Prime Technologies LLC, a spin-off company representing UMaine). The Term Sheet agreed outlines the conditions under which Maine Aqua Ventus I will sell an estimated 43…

Maritime Academy Awarded DHS Grant for Arctic Training

USCG photo

Maine Maritime Academy receives $450,000 grant From U.S. Maine Maritime Academy has been awarded $450,000 by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate for the development and delivery of maritime ice navigation and first responder courses to complement the U.S. Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategy. Maine Maritime will be a partner institution to a new Center of Excellence (COE) in Maritime Research at the University of Alaska at Anchorage (UAA).Selected UAA research involving disaster response modeling…

Maine Maritime Academy Honors its Best & Brightest

Maine Maritime Academy will honor its best and brightest at a ceremony to be held on the college campus in mid-November. The college will formally recognize student academic success and outstanding faculty at its annual Celebration of Achievement on Thursday, Nov. 11. In total, 24 individuals associated with the college will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments. The event, an ongoing tradition at the college, consists of several recognition ceremonies that are held jointly each year for the purposes of fostering mutual respect, admiration, and inspiration among all honorees. The ceremonies include the college’s Scheel Scholars and ABS Scholars presentations, and an Excellence in Teaching award.

CG Investigates Maine Ferry Grounding

Coast Guard investigators are working with the Maine State Ferry Service to determine why the ferry Everett Liberty ran aground with 30 people on board shortly after leaving the terminal in Vinalhaven, Maine, on the way to Rockland, Maine, Thursday, June 3, 2010. None of the 26 passengers or four crew members were injured during the accident and there are no reports of pollution. The ferry terminal manager called the Coast Guard around 9:25 a.m., reporting the ferry grounded in The Reach, Maine, near Norton's Point, Maine. “We worked quickly with the Maine State Ferry Service to ensure the vessel was safe to transit to Rockland and to minimize interruptions to ferry service,” said Lt. Lisa Ceraolo of the Sector Northern New England command center.

MMA, M-P.A.C.T. Joint Program at Port Security Training

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), in conjunction with its maritime security training partner, M-P.A.C.T., will launch a pilot program aimed at enhancing security at Maine seaports. The program, Maritime Security for Military, First Responder, and Law Enforcement Personnel, seeks to provide a single bridge solution to federal mandates, U.S. Coast Guard limited resources, and unmet public safety needs for maritime domain security awareness training in Maine. Organizers of the program foresee it as serving immediate regional needs while identifying Maine a model for other states to follow. Maritime Security for Military, First Responder, and Law Enforcement Personnel is set to debut at the Maine Maritime Academy campus in Castine, Maine, Nov.

Public Meeting to Discuss Improvements to Deep Draft Vessel Route

The State of Maine and the Coast Guard are holding two public meetings to discuss potential navigation safety improvements after a recommendation by local pilots and tug operators that a deep draft vessel route be established on the Sheepscot River in Maine. The first meeting will be held October 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Department of Maine Resources Laboratory, located at the end of McKown Point Road, West Booth Bay Harbor, Maine. The Second meeting will be held Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wiscasset Municipal Bldg, located at the intersection of Route One and Route 27, Wiscasset, Maine. Any comments and observations concerning navigation aids and tendencies of deep draft vessels transiting the area will provide a valuable perspective for planning efforts.

Navy Diving Crew Trying To Free Training Ship

A Navy dive team in Alabama is trying to rescue a retired Coast Guard ship that once served as the training ship for Maine Maritime Academy. The State of Maine and a former Navy ship USS Shadwell collided during a 12-ft. storm surge during Hurricane Katrina. The Shadwell was deposited on dry ground while the State of Maine was stuck in shallow water. A 13-man Navy diving crew is in Mobile to reposition the ships before a dredging crew can dig the ships out. The current State of Maine is a former Navy oceanographic research vessel. It was built in 1990 and turned over to Maine Maritime Academy in 1997. It serves as a teaching platform and has the capacity to carry 302 people. Source: AP

MMA Seeks Input for NEASC Study

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit this fall by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC last accredited MMA for a 10-year period in 1996, and the college is a candidate for reaccreditation this fall. As part of the comprehensive self-study leading up to the team visit, the public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution. Comments may be provided to the institution via the college’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Dr. John Barlow, or directly to the Commission. Self-study relies on the participation of many different groups, including the neighboring community.

MMA Training Cruise Scheduled for May

ports-of-call. 4, for a week of preparation. Under the command of Capt. Tenerife; Antwerp, Belgium; and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 51 officers and crew aboard. According to Capt. P.J. occasion. for Antwerp, Belgium. reception scheduled for Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Baldacci. public for tours while in foreign or domestic ports. sailing are no longer possible. June 27-29. departure from Castine. dock at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3.

MMA and MPS to Offer Inernational Security Education

professionals. with the opening of the U.S. Convention Center in New York City. about their joint programming. Maine Maritime Academy, a U.S. education. comprehensive port, company, and ship security programs. agencies plan to offer security courses beginning in January 2004. owners on an international basis," said Dr. Academy's vice president of academic affairs. Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS). seafaring security more readily accessible. Castine, Maine, campus. world to clients of MPS. education unit.

Brennan Receives FMC Nomination Nod

President George Bush intends to nominate Joseph E. Brennan, of Maine, to be Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission for a five-year term expiring September 30, 2008. Mr. Brennan has served on the Commission since 1999. He previously practiced law at a firm in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, Mr. Brennan served the state of Maine as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and as Governor. He earned his bachelor's degree from Boston College and his J.D. from the University of Maine.

Invitation to Bid on Construction of LOA Ferry

The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) is soliciting bids for the construction of a 154-ft. LOA replacement ferry vessel for the Maine State Ferry Service, Rockland, Maine. Details of the Invitation for Bids is posted at the MaineDOT website at: http://www.state.me.us/mdot/comprehensive-list-projects/project-information.php For general information regarding Bidding and Contracting procedures, contact Scott Bickford at Tel: (207) 624-3410

Revisions to Oil Spill Regulations

The Maine Oil Spill Advisory Committee held a hearing to review proposed revisions to the state's regulations related to oil terminals and vessels transporting petroleum products. The proposed revisions contain several references to vessels transporting petroleum products on the state waterways. AWO's major objection to the Maine regulations relates to a proposed requirement that vessels stay 12 miles offshore, except when approaching Maine's ports. This requirement has been modified to read, "it is the express desire of the state for all vessels to remain 12 miles offshore, except when prudent navigation dictates otherwise."

US Awards $3.7 Mln for Wind Project off Maine

Photo: Maine Aqua Ventus

The Maine Aqua Ventus project, an experimental floating deep-water offshore wind project off the coast of Castine, Maine, has received $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.   The project was originally competing for a $47 million grant but was passed over for projects in New Jersey, Virginia and Oregon. The DOE instead awarded Maine $3.7 million for work to continue on a pilot project off the coast of Monhegan.

Maine Maritime Named Top 50 Engineering College

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) has been listed in the rankings of the nation’s top baccalaureate colleges for the northern region in the 2011 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. The college was also ranked among the nation’s top 50 engineering colleges in the category of “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.” Based solely on a survey of engineering deans and senior faculty conducted during the spring of 2010, Maine Maritime Academy was ranked 42nd in the undergraduate engineering category. Maine Maritime Academy was ranked for the fourth consecutive year in the section titled, “Best Baccalaureate Colleges (By Region)”.

Maine Port Authority, McAllister Colloborate on "Containerized" ATB

Maine Port Authority selected McAllister as its partner for the design of a containerized articulated tug barge (ATB) for the New England Marine Highway Project, according to Buckley McAllister, President of McAllister Towing & Transportation. Prior to the award, McAllister participated in a competitive RFQ and RFP process which began on December 4, 2012. This competition followed the award of $150,000 in design funding to the Maine Port Authority on September 25, 2012 as part of a cooperative agreement with between the Maine Port Authority and the Maritime Administration under the auspices of the Marine Highway Program. The Maine Port…

Maine Port Authority Selects McAllister for ATB

Buckley McAllister, President of McAllister Towing & Transportation

Buckley McAllister, President of McAllister Towing & Transportation, announced the Maine Port Authority has selected McAllister as its partner for the design of a containerized articulated tug barge (ATB) for the New England Marine Highway Project. Prior to the award, McAllister participated in a competitive RFQ and RFP process which began on December 4, 2012. This competition followed the award of $150,000 in design funding to the Maine Port Authority on September 25, 2012 as…

Maine Maritime Academy to Host International Symposium

Maine Maritime Academy will host the 3rd General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) in late September at the Samoset Resort on the Ocean in Rockport, Maine, United States of America. pertaining to professional maritime training and education. A concurrent student program will be hosted at the Castine college. located throughout the world to the Sept. 23-26, 2002, events on the coast of Maine. Sponsored by The Nippon Foundation of Tokyo, Japan, IAMU was established as a non-profit organization in 1999 by seven maritime universities representing the various regions of the world. scientific and academic approach to maritime education and training.

Maine Maritime to Hold Celebration of Achievement

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy will honor its best and brightest at a ceremony to be held on the college campus in early November. The college will formally recognize alumni success and achievement, student academic success, and faculty achievement at its annual Celebration of Achievement on Thursday, Nov. In total, 16 individuals associated with the college will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments. teaching and academic commitment, student curiosity and scholarship, and alumni professional and civic success. Initiated in 1997, the college’s Wall of Honor was created to recognize alumni, who, through achievements in professional and civic life, have brought honor to themselves and to Maine Maritime Academy.

MMA Students to Attend Symposium

Two students from Maine Maritime Academy’s Corning School of Ocean Studies will travel to Japan this spring to take part in a conference on the ocean environment. Heather Blankenstein, a junior from Merrimack, N.H., and Robert Watts, a junior from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, will represent MMA at the April 5-30 International Marine Environment Symposium in Kobe, Japan. They will attend lectures, participate in discussion groups, and engage in field study aboard the training ship Fukae Maru, which operates in the Seto Inland Sea. Blankenstein and Watts were selected by Prof. Barry Kilch and other members of the Maine Maritime Academy’s ocean studies department. Alternates are Renee Dunton, a senior from Hampden, Maine; and Carl Rhodes, a junior from Bayfield, Colo.

MMA Training Cruise To Visit Mediterranean Ports

CASTINE, Maine -- Maine Maritime Academy students, officers, and crew will visit Mediterranean ports this spring as part of the college’s annual two-month training cruise to foreign and domestic ports-of-call. This year’s training cruise itinerary includes Norfolk, Va., May 6- 9; Valetta, Malta, May 25- 28; Civitavecchia, Italy, May 31- June 3; Cobh, Ireland, June 12- June 15; Portland, Maine, June 25-26. The ship will host a family day sail on the return leg from Portland to Castine. Under the command of Captain Leslie B.

ABS Selects Brunswick Landing to Establish Ship Modeling Center

Augusta, Maine – Maine Governor Paul LePage, members of the Maine Congressional Delegation and the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) announced today that the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) plans to establish a computer-based ship modeling center at Brunswick Landing: Maine’s Center for Innovation. The move will create nearly thirty jobs in the Brunswick area. “Our Administration has a laser focus on job creation. We are continually searching for opportunities to bring businesses to Maine that will boost our economy.

Penobscot Bay Dredging Called Off, for Now

Penobscot Bay. Credit: FreeFoto

The Army Corps of Engineers withdrew on Tuesday its state permitting application for a Penobscot Bay dredging project opposed by lobstermen, tourism business owners and environmentalists. The Portland Press Herald reports Corps project manager Barbara Blumeris sent a letter to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday saying that the federal agency was withdrawing its application for requisite state permits. Opponents of the controversial $12 million dredging…

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