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The Benefits of Sustainable Marine Lumber

hull. In 2010, an explosion of the oil drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon, would surpass the volume of oil spilled by the Valdez, releasing over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a period of 87 days, affecting some 16,000 miles of coastline in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.For any marine-based operation, including marinas, these and other ecological crises led to increased regulation and expected due diligence relating to operations, as well as marina site planning, design and construction. In addition to operations and management policies instituted under

 The JALBTCX team standing with COL. Thomas Asbery, Former District Commander, New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (far right), in front of their aircraft, at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York.  Credit:  USACE.

Army Corps' Data Driven to Improve Coastal Projects

team get the data to them fast, but the Army Corps is already using it to monitor and cost-effectively improve its coastal projects, as it enters the Atlantic Hurricane Season.Earlier this year, the Army Corps tapped the expertise of the JALBTCX that is based at the Army Corps' Mobile District in Alabama.The center's team members perform operations, research, and development in various airborne geospatial technologies to support the coastal mapping and charting requirements for the Army Corps.The center also partners with the Federal government, which includes the Army Corps, industry, and academia

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Aker Solutions' Umbilicals for Murphy's King’s Quay FPS

and Subsea 7 have built a collaborative and high-performing relationship over time, with a strong track-record of excellent project execution." The engineering, design, and manufacturing of the umbilicals and distribution equipment will take place at Aker Solutions' facility in Mobile, Alabama in the United States. The work starts immediately and the delivery is planned for the fourth quarter of 2021, Aker Solutions said.The Norwegian company did not provide details on the financials.Murphy Oil sanctioned the King’s Quay project in the US Gulf of Mexico in 2019. Anchored by the

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US Gives $88 Mln Relief to Gulf Fishing Communities

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the allocation of $88 million in fishery disaster funding to Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, where a catastrophic regional fishery disaster occurred due to extreme freshwater flooding in 2019 associated with the unprecedented opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.“The Department of Commerce stands with our U.S. fishing communities, especially in times of hardship,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “These funds will help industries and individuals recover from this disaster, and build resilience for the future.”Funds can

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Aker Solutions Bags 20-Year Deal with Chevron in Gulf of Mexico

Anchor work order," said Luis Araujo, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions. "This demonstrates the mutual trust between the two organizations, as well as the capabilities and experience of our umbilicals manufacturing organization in the US."Aker Solutions' facility in Mobile, Alabama in the United States will perform the engineering, design, and manufacturing of the umbilicals. The work will start up immediately. Aker Solutions did not share the financial details of the Anchor order.The Anchor field will be developed using the semi-FPU, which will have a production capacity

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OceanGate, NASA Testing Carbon Fiber Pressure Vessels

NASA and OceanGate enter into an agreement to collaborate in the development, manufacturing and testing of new carbon fiber pressure vessels. The resulting pressure vessel will be used for the deep-sea submersibles.NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will serve as the facility where the development and manufacturing of a new aerospace-grade hull is completed. This design effort is key to OceanGate completing its latest Cyclops-class submersible that is intended to dive to 6,000 meters (19,800 feet) with five crew members on board.“We continue to receive more

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NOAA Taps Graham to Lead National Hurricane Center

National Weather Service Southern Region headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, where he led Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. He also served as the meteorological service chief at NWS headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and was the meteorologist-in-charge at the local forecast offices in Birmingham, Alabama, and Corpus Christi, Texas.   Graham has vast experience working with emergency managers prior to and during a wide variety of weather threats and spent time deployed with officials at emergency operations centers. His career with NOAA began in 1994, after working as a broadcast meteorologist

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US States Slow Trump Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Plan

resource potential," said Steve Pastor, BHP Billiton's president of petroleum operations. The Gulf of Mexico has some of the best discovered potential, he said.   BHP has previously explored acreage in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, at its Sake project, in a formation off the coast of Alabama.   Proposed new lease areas along the U.S. Atlantic coast would require seismic mapping and development of infrastructure that would take time. "I can't put a fine point on whether we would pursue it," Pastor said.   Chevron Corp, which disclosed a large Gulf of Mexico oil

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How Many Red Snapper Are in the Gulf of Mexico?

directed the National Sea Grant College Program and NOAA Fisheries to fund independent red snapper data collections, surveys and assessments, including the use of tagging and advanced sampling technologies. Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries worked collaboratively to transfer federal funds to Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant offsite link to administer the competitive research grant process and manage this independent abundance estimate.   To conduct the independent study, a research team of 21 scientists from 12 institutions of higher learning, a state agency and a federal agency was selected by an

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