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NOAA Panel to Discuss GOM Maritime Issues

NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel will meet Nov. 27-29 in New Orleans to discuss hydrographic surveying, nautical charting, tides and current measurements, as well as geodetic and geospatial measurements for the Gulf of Mexico region. The three-day meeting is open to the public, and public comment periods are scheduled in the afternoons. The panel will hear from representatives of the regional maritime community, including port authority officials and marine pilots, the geospatial community, and users of NOAA’s tides and currents information.

Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting

The NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel will meet Oct. 12-13, in Vancouver, Wash., to discuss operations, research and development, hydrographic surveying, nautical charting, and geodetic and geospatial measurements. The panel is a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the NOAA administrator on carrying out NOAA’s navigation services mission — to ensure the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of commerce along America’s marine transportation system. The panel will hear from representatives from the maritime community, including port authority officials and marine pilots, as well as non-traditional users of navigation data like coastal planners and emergency responders.

Hydrographic Services Review Panel, May 4-6

The NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel will meet May 4-6 in Honolulu to discuss operations, research and development, hydrographic surveying, nautical charting, and geodetic and geospatial measurements. The panel is a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on carrying out NOAA’s navigation services mission, which is to ensure the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of commerce along America’s marine transportation system. The panel will hear from representatives from the maritime community, including port authority officials and marine pilots, as well as non-traditional users of navigation data like coastal planners and emergency responders.

New Lineup for NOAA Hydrographic Services Panel

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel advises NOAA on improving services for navigation and coastal resilience. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., has appointed six members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that support navigation and coastal resilience. Capt. “Providing coastal communities, boaters, and the commercial maritime industry with timely, reliable, accurate, and authoritative information is essential as we strive to keep commerce flowing through our nation’s ports,” Sullivan said. Rear Admiral Ken Barbor (ret.), U.S. Lawson W. Capt. Gary A. Scott R.

HSRP Meeting

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) will be meeting November 19-20. The NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on topics relating to operations, research and development, and dissemination of data pertaining to:  hydrographic surveying; nautical charting; water level measurements; current measurements; geodetic measurements; and geospatial measurements. The HSRP will hold its next meeting in Tampa, Florida to discuss NOAA’s Navigation Services programs. The HSRP will hear from maritime interests and non-navigation users about connections to NOAA’s Navigation Services and Climate during two Stakeholder Panels. The agenda also includes a discussion of the Integration of PORTS® Data Into the U.S.

NOAA Seeks HSRP Panel Membership

NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is seeking applications for the HSRP 2010 Panel Membership Solicitation process. NOAA would greatly appreciate your distributing the attached Federal Register Notice to interested applicants. Closing date is June 30, 2010. The HSRP is a Federal Advisory Panel that provides recommendations to the NOAA Administrator on NOAA's hydrographic and navigation products and services. NOAA is encouraging applicants with expertise in navigation data, products and services; coastal management; fisheries management; coastal and marine spatial planning; geodesy; water levels; and other science-related fields as determined by the Administrator to apply for Panel membership.

HSRP to Meet in Honolulu

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is a Federal Advisory Committee to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will convene a Public meeting on May 4-6, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Panel will meet to present and discuss NOAA’s hydrographic services and matters that affect marine transportation, safe navigation, commercial shipping, ocean and coastal stewardship, coastal and marine spatial planning, recreational boating, and ocean policy for the Pacific region. This public meeting will take place at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The public is welcome to attend, listen, and express viewpoints to the Panel members and NOAA during public comment periods. or contact Hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov.

HSRP Baltimore Meeting

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP), a Federal Advisory Committee, will convene on April 14-15, 2009, to consider and deliberate on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hydrographic Services and matters that affect marine transportation, safe navigation, commercial industries, ocean and coastal stewardship, recreational boating, and ocean policy. This public meeting will take place at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, Maryland. All are welcome to attend. There will be public comment periods during the meeting when you may express your viewpoints to the Panel members and NOAA Leadership.

HSRP Meeting Set

recreational boating, and ocean policy. California. All are welcome to attend. viewpoints to the Panel members and NOAA Leadership. Kathy.Watson@noaa.gov.

NOAA Announces New Members of The Hydrographic Services Review Panel

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco recently appointed nine new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving ocean and coastal navigation products, information, data and services. “Optimizing the benefits of navigation services and products is a priority for the agency,” said Margaret Spring, chief of staff for NOAA and the agency’s representative to the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS).

New Members of NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco recently appointed nine new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving ocean and coastal navigation products, information, data and services. “Optimizing the benefits of navigation services and products is a priority for the agency,” said Margaret Spring, chief of staff for NOAA and the agency’s representative to the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS). “We look forward to hearing perspectives and receiving advice from our new committee members, who represent a wide variety of maritime and coastal zone stakeholder interests. Dr. Lawson W. Stephen Carmel, Maersk Line, Ltd. Jeffrey Carothers, Fugro Consultants, Inc. Dr. Dr. David A. Scott R.

NOAA to Hold Public Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska

NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is holding a Public meeting, May 22-24, 2012, Anchorage, Alaska. Navigation areas of focus for this public meeting include: NOAA's charting and hydrographic surveying products, services and information for the Alaska/Arctic region; and NOAA's geospatial, tide and currents products, services and information. Maritime transportation representatives presenting at the HSRP Anchorage meeting include: the Marine Exchange of Alaska, Crowley Towing, VITUS Marine, Alaska Marine Highway System, Alaska State Digital Mapping Program; as well as, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security, and the University of Alaska.

NOAA Seeks Hydrographic Panel Members

NOAA is seeking qualified candidates to apply for up to five voting member vacancies to serve on its Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) as of January 1, 2014. The HSRP is a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA Administrator on current and emerging oceanographic and marine science technologies relating to operations, research and development; and dissemination of data pertaining to: a) hydrographic surveying; b) shoreline surveying; c) nautical charting; d) water level measurements; e) current measurements; f) geodetic measurements; g) geospatial measurements; h) geomagnetic measurements; and i) other oceanographic/marine related sciences.

Canada Unveils New Arctic Shipping Safety Regulations

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Canada's Arctic is a vast and diverse region that is an integral part of this country. Marine transportation in the Arctic connects Canada to other countries and provides an essential lifeline for northern communities. To uphold the Government of Canada's high standards for marine shipping in the north, Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada's domestic legislation.

Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting, Oct 26-27

Notice of Open Meeting: The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is a Federal Advisory Committee established to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, its amendments, and such other appropriate matters that the Under Secretary refers to the Panel for review and advice. The public meeting will be held on October 26-27, 2011. October 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; October 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Global Ship Lease Eyes Acquisitions

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The London-based Global Ship Lease (GSL) said that it  is well-positioned as one of few publicly listed containership leasing companies to acquire attractive portfolios of ships, attract growth capital or find a complementary merger partner. The containership charter owner has engaged Evercore to act as financial advisor to assist in reviewing strategic alternatives focused on maximizing shareholder value. GSL has successfully refinanced of all of the its indebtedness in October 2017 and with a strengthening market backdrop.

UK Shipping Minister Confirms CEC Review

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Nautilus International has welcomed confirmation from shipping minister John Hayes that the government has agreed to the Union’s calls for a review of the UK’s system for issuing Certificates of Equivalent Competency (CECs). Nautilus is a trade union and professional organisation representing more than 22,000 maritime professionals in the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland. In a letter to the Union, the minister said he had asked Sir Alan Massey, head of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)…

NOAA: New AK Chart Makes Arctic Safer

NOAA: New Alaska navigational chart makes increased Arctic shipping safer; Kotzebue Harbor chart replaces measurements last taken in 19th century. NOAA formally presented today to Alaska officials a new nautical chart for Kotzebue Sound in the Alaskan Arctic, a sparsely charted region that is seeing increased vessel traffic because of the significant loss of summer sea ice. The new chart depicts the full range of depth measurements and object detection acquired during a full ocean bottom survey last summer by the NOAA hydrographic survey ship Fairweather.

ClassNK Launches Technical Reviews

Accessing the latest research findings or information on new technologies and incoming regulations as they emerge can prove challenging. To help make access easier, leading classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced the release of its technical review articles through the ClassNK homepage. This comes in response to the growing demand from the global maritime community for access to the latest technical information reports and articles. ClassNK’s technical experts review a wide variety of topics covering new international conventions, technical concepts as well as the latest R&D projects, which are compiled and released in regular reviews.

U.S. Navy to Audit Port Services

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus spelled out in a memorandum last week his expectations for the review and audit of procedures, administration, and performance of all husbanding and port services contracts. The memorandum, dated Dec. 5, provides details and additional tasking to guidance Mabus originally directed in September, in light of investigations by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and audits by the Naval Audit Service of husbanding and port service contracts. "Back in September, I directed a complete review of our husbanding and port services contracts following the investigation into contracting procedures in the Pacific Fleet. This tasking memo reiterates the urgency of that review and provides additional tasking," said Mabus.

Navy Put Port Ship-husbandry Services Under the Microscope

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has spelled out in a memorandum his expectations for the review and audit of procedures, administration, and performance of all husbanding and port services contracts. "Back in September, I directed a complete review of our husbanding and port services contracts following the investigation into contracting procedures in the Pacific Fleet. This tasking memo reiterates the urgency of that review and provides additional tasking," said Mabus. Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research…

Op/Ed: DPP a Benchmark Toward US Energy Dominance

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National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi comments on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) 2019-2024 National Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program, which seeks to open nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling. With 94 percent of our nation’s outer continental shelf (OCS) currently and unnecessarily off limits to oil and gas leasing and exploration, NOIA welcomes the bold and broad offshore leasing proposal released January 4 by the Department of the Interior.

Northrop Grumman's UAV Moves Closer to Production

Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the U.S. Navy. vertical takeoff and landing UAV to the Navy. team, the Navy and U.S. Combat System program. design to maximize commonality across the Fire Scout platforms. ensure it meets all current and future requirements. and the ability to integrate future payloads onto the aircraft.

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