North Atlantic News

17 Apr 2020

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Brings its Fleet Home

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

‚ÄúStay at home‚ÄĚ is the global message of the moment. The fleet of the Hamburg-based cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, which would normally be sailing the seven seas, is now heading for the waters of its home port. The expedition ship, the HANSEATIC nature, will be the first to return and is expected to arrive in Hamburg, Germany, on April 20. Its sister ship, the international HANSEATIC inspiration, and the two luxury ships, the EUROPA and the international EUROPA 2, are also now on their way back to Hamburg.

07 Apr 2020

Reeling in the Benefits of Upgraded Boat Controls

Thanks to its flexible design, ease of use and modular system architecture, the Marex OS III has improved the Falcon‚Äôs maneuverability‚ÄĒbringing the boat up to speed with many of the other, newer vessels on ‚ÄúWicked Tuna: Outer Banks.‚ÄĚ (Credit: Kelly Hinkle)

A fisherman from a popular reality television series recently outfitted his vessel with a new electronic control system‚ÄĒgiving him the edge in a high-stakes fishing competition.The waters of the North Atlantic Ocean can be treacherous‚ÄĒespecially for fishermen pursuing the elusive bluefin tuna. This pursuit is the subject of the popular reality television series, ‚ÄúWicked Tuna,‚ÄĚ which chronicles the competition between commercial bluefin tuna fishermen in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

19 Feb 2020

Measuring the Hostile Ocean Beneath Hurricanes

Fig.1: A Slocum glider from Teledyne Webb Research, en route to deployment. Credit: Rutgers University.

Unmanned Vehicles Collect Data for Improving Storm ForecastsThe influences of ocean conditions and currents on living environments are now more widely appreciated‚ÄĒfrom the Earth‚Äôs climate and severe weather conditions to fisheries and biodiversity. Sustained and widespread measurements are needed to provide essential clues for understanding the oceans, for effective monitoring of environmental changes, and for helping to clarify the long-term effects of global warming.To meet this challenge, ocean researchers have invented various types of unmanned observing platforms.

07 Feb 2020

Study: How Changes in Shipping Patterns Affect Whales

Blue whale in the Pacific Ocean. Photo credit: Jessica Morten, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, National Ocean Service, NOAA

Understanding how changes in shipping traffic and distributions of fin, humpback, and blue whales in the Pacific Ocean affect the risk of whales being struck by ships is the focus of a new study published in the scientific journal, Frontiers. The findings also have implications for highly endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Atlantic Ocean.Dr. Jessica V. Redfern, an Ecologist, Senior Scientist, and Chair of the new Spatial Ecology, Mapping, and Assessment Program (EcoMap) at the New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, is the lead author of the study.

03 Feb 2020

Canada Boosts Marine Surveillance

(Photo: National Aerial Surveillance Program)

Canada's new eye in the sky will help detect oil spills and other marine pollution, and monitor ship and endangered whale movements.Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced that Transport Canada has acquired a new addition to its National Aerial Surveillance Program’s aircraft fleet in an effort to enhance prevention measures needed to respond to marine pollution incidents faster and more effectively, and to better protect marine ecosystems and habitats.The De Havilland Dash 8 aircraft…

23 Jan 2020

Ørsted, US Unis to Study Whales in OWP

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Danish developer Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind has signed a research partnership  with Rutgers University, the University of Rhode Island and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to support academic research activities related to offshore wind.The group is set to launch the Ecosystem and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (ECO-PAM) project.Ørsted signed an initial memorandum of understanding with Rutgers University in May 2019 to support academic research activities related to offshore wind.

18 Dec 2019

Risk & Reward of The Internet of (Maritime) Things

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The Internet of Maritime Things (IoMT) is coming! Start planning now.The Internet of Things (IoT) is already with us. You can get a doorbell camera that allows you to see on your smartphone who is at or approaching your front door. You can also get a refrigerator that keeps track of items inside and will advise you when you are running low (maybe on beer). It can also automatically place orders with your local grocery store for replenishment. Your automobile will attempt to keep you in your lane and avoid collisions while keeping track of where you are…

09 Dec 2019

Port of Baltimore's White to Resign

Jim White (Photo: Port of Baltimore)

James J. White, Executive Director, Port of Baltimore, announced his resignation effective December 31, 2019.White led operations for 18 years as the Port of Baltimore improved its national rankings, upgraded security procedures and completed infrastructure projects that made it one of the few ports in America capable of receiving the largest ships in the world.Under Executive Director White, the Port of Baltimore leads the nation in handling autos and light trucks, roll on/roll off heavy farm and construction machinery, as well as imported sugar and gypsum.

24 Oct 2019

Ernst Russ Buys Box Ship

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The Ernst Russ Group has acquired a 700 TEU geared container ship in cooperation with a strategic partner.German-based company which manages a fleet of around 80 container, tanker and bulker ships as well as other vessels said that the successful acquisition of the vessel strengthens its strategic position in the market and further expands the Ernst Russ Group fleet.The 700 TEU container ship, MV ‚ÄėSkogafoss‚Äô was built in 2007 and is in a good technical condition. It has been operating‚Ķ

22 Oct 2019

Ferry Tech: Retractable Bow Foils for M/F Teistin

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Innovation in the world of marine design and propulsion continues to move forward at record speed, driven by new emissions regulation and the push toward emission free ships. In September 2019 an innovative new technology from Wavefoil AS of Trondheim, Norway was installed on the Faroese ferry M/F Teistin, the first ship in the world with retractable bow foils that are designed not only for ship stability but also to convert wave energy directly into propulsive thrust.The foils are designed to both help in saving fuel and improving comfort on board.

16 Oct 2019

NATO RV Alliance is not just quiet, it’s ice-capable

NATO’s 3,100-ton, 305-foot research vessel NRV Alliance has been a leading platform for underwater acoustics research to the benefit of NATO navies. Photo: NATO CMRE

An interview with Ian Sage, director for marine operations, NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation, La Spezia, Italy.NATO’s 3,100-ton, 305-foot research vessel NRV Alliance has been a leading platform for underwater acoustics research to the benefit of NATO navies. The ship operated with a civilian crew under the German flag for many years for the NATO SACLANT Center, later renamed the NATO Undersea Research Center, and now known as the NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation. Now Alliance flies a new flag, and has a broader mission.

11 Oct 2019

SHORTSEA SHIPPING: All the Right Moves (Finally)

The Baton Rouge-NOLA container on barge service / (CREDIT: Port of New Orleans)

Marine Highways Gain Traction in the Intermodal Supply Chain.In the United States, landside infrastructure is at a crisis point. Congestion at the big hub ports, exacerbated by imperfect intermodal interfaces with surface transport serving cargo hinterlands is at the heart of the matter. As politicians bicker over a possible infrastructure package, the Highway Trust Fund, funded by taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, has continued its downward journey towards further deficits (now $144 billion). And, where countless U.S.

27 Sep 2019

Excelerate to Build FLNG Terminal in Philippines

Image: Excelerate Energy

Philippine authorities have given Excelerate Energy LP permission to proceed on plans to develop a floating natural gas import terminal to supply existing and new power generation.Texas-headquartered player in floating LNG regasification solutions, received a notice to proceed (NTP) from the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) to develop Luzon LNG, which would be a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) terminal in the Bay of Batangas.The project, Luzon LNG, will supply natural gas…

23 Aug 2019

First Manned Dive to the Titanic in 14 Years

(Photo: Atlantic Productions)

A groundbreaking expedition in early August led a team of experts and scientists 3,810 meters below the ocean's surface to the Titanic's final resting place at the murky depths of the North Atlantic Ocean.The series of five dives over eight days aboard a high-tech Triton 36,000/2 manned submersible Limiting Factor were the first to carry humans to the historic wreck site in 14 years.Patrick Lahey, Triton Submarines president and Co-Founder, and pilot for three of the five dives…

22 Aug 2019

Further Delay for Vineyard OWP

Image: Sif Holding NV

Netherlands-based provider of steel foundations to the offshore wind, Sif Holding NV  said that the Vineyard Wind, which was set to be U.S.'s largest offshore wind farm will be further delayed.Early July 2019 Sif and Vineyard Wind announced the manufacturing by Sif of 84 monopiles for Vineyard Wind‚Äôs offshore wind project (OWP) in Massachusetts USA.The installation of the monopiles is subject to a schedule that includes seasonal restrictions on pile driving activity as a protective‚Ķ

17 Aug 2019

Offshore Wind: Regulatory ‚ÄúTakes‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Take a Close Look

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On April 30 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a notice, requesting public comments, on a proposed ‚Äúincidental harassment authorization‚ÄĚ (IHA). An IHA is a legal and enforceable document presenting the terms and conditions with which a company must adhere in order to protect wildlife. In this case, the draft IHA was for Vineyard Wind, the wind energy company ready to start construction on an 800 MW offshore wind farm in the Atlantic, covering about 675 square kilometers, starting 14 miles from the coastline of Martha‚Äôs Vineyard.

05 Aug 2019

Canada Lifts Ship Speed Restrictions

Right whale "lobtails" as researchers watch from a distance. Photo taken by Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR).

Transport Canada,  the department within the Government of Canada,  says it‚Äôs lifting speed restrictions for cargo ships in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after recent surveillance failed to detect North Atlantic right whales in shipping lanes.There weren‚Äôt any whales in the shipping lanes where speed had been reduced, Transport Canada pointed out, adding that the lower speed limit had driven cargo ships out of the lanes so they could take more direct routes through areas where the animals are known to gather.Over the past month‚Ķ

23 Jul 2019

Elbe Fairway Dredging Begins

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

The deepening and fairway widening program on the Elbe River officially launched yesterday (July 23)."The adjustment of the Elbe fairway will offer much better connections between the Port of Hamburg and the global flow of goods," said Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf, Chief Operations Officer of Hapag-Lloyd AG, during a groundbreaking ceremony held today to mark the official start of dredging operations.‚ÄúOnce the relevant work has been completed, the world‚Äôs largest container ships will be able to reach the City of Hamburg with virtually no limitations,‚ÄĚ Rothkopf said.

23 Jul 2019

"IMO Joe" Angelo Honored

Mr. Joseph J. Angelo (Photo: IMO)

The International Maritime Prize for 2018 will be awarded to Joseph J. Angelo, a former United States Coast Guard (USCG) and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) senior executive who participated in International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings for many years, providing leadership on a number of key regulatory developments.The IMO Council, meeting for its 122nd session in London (July 15-19) decided to award the Prize to Mr. Angelo, in recognition…

21 Jul 2019

Canada Fines Ship on Whale Safety

Pic: Canada Fines Ship

Transport Canada has issued a $6,000 fine to a vessel that allegedly breached mandatory speed limits introduced by the federal government in parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced.Endangered whales such as the majestic North Atlantic right whale deserve to swim danger-free in Canadian waters. That is why the Government of Canada has introduced several measures to address risks they face by…

21 Jul 2019

TecnoVeritas Wins Approval for UOPV

Pic: TecnoVeritas

TecnoVeritas, a marine engineering consultancy company, announced that its UOPV (Unmanned Oceanic Patrol Vessel) project was approved by the Fundo Azul, run by the Directorate-General for Sea Policy of the Ministry of the Sea, Portugal.According to the provider of the energy management services and products for the maritime industry, the project itself is focused on maritime safety.UOPV is wave propelled and performs equally well on all headings including directly into wind and waves.

11 Jul 2019

Quieting Ships to Protect Environment

Photo: Acentech

Acentech, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based noise, vibration and acoustical consulting firm, has issued its final report to Transport Canada concerning the Quiet Ship Workshop held at the International Maritime Headquarters (IMO) in London.For Canada, this issue is part of a broader concern with the health of the oceans and waterways that surround the country and its marine eco-systems.Canada’s oceans are home to 42 distinct populations of whales, in particular, the Southern Resident Killer whale, the St.

11 Jul 2019

TEN Fixes Suezmax Tanker with a EU Firm

Pic: Tsakos Energy Navigation

Greek tanker owner Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) announced an up to 36-month charter to a major European oil concern, for a suezmax tanker.The crude tanker is currently operating in the spot market on a minimum rate with profit sharing provisions to capture any freight upticks during the life of the contract.The gross revenues expected over the maximum period of this employment are estimated to be in the region of $23.0 million.“Whilst strategically positioning the fleet for profitable operations, safety at sea remains TEN’s top priority.

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