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Seafloor map showing pockmark and micro-depressions in the seafloor off Big Sur. Image: © 2019 MBARI

Researchers Find Mysterious Seafloor Holes

thousands of mysterious holes or pits in the seafloor. Scientists and resource managers want to understand how these pits formed because this area is the site of a proposed wind-energy farm. Researchers Eve Lundsten and Charles Paull describe their discovery this week at the Fall 2019 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.The researchers found two different sizes of holes. The larger ones, known as pockmarks, average 175 meters (almost 600 feet) across and five meters (16 feet) deep, and are nearly circular and fairly evenly spaced. Some of these pockmarks were initially discovered

AOT is working to develop a new port, specifically configured to serve Atlantic Ocean wind projects, on 30 acres along the Arthur Kill tidal strait between Staten Island and New Jersey. 
Boone Davis, President & CEO, Atlantic Offshore Terminals

Offshore Wind: Decisions Needed Sooner, not Later

On September 26, the State University of New York Maritime College hosted a conference on the emerging east coast offshore wind industry.  “Offshore Wind Power, Planning for America’s Ocean Energy” focused on four fundamental topics:• East Coast Wind Farm Overview – Status of the Industry.• Jobs and Supply Chain Technical Working Group.• Wind Farm Port Development.• Offshore Wind Maritime Operations.In some ways, actually clocking in for a day’s work on an offshore wind turbine is tantalizingly close.  Ditto for power flowing from an offshore

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DOE Prizes to to Inspire Ocean Innovation

the Blue Economy are a great way to enhance partnerships between industry and the research community by unlocking the energy potential of our oceans,” said Under Secretary Mark W. Menezes. “By leveraging these collaborations we can enable ingenuity in marine renewable energy and strengthen America’s economic growth and energy security.”The Waves to Water Prize, launched as a part of the Administration’s Water Security Grand Challenge, is awarding a total of $200,000 to competitors today to conclude the Stage 1 - CONCEPT portion of the prize. The winning submissions

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Mayflower Wind Survey Wraps Up

a magnetometer and passive acoustic monitoring sensor were deployed from the Geosea DP2 multipurpose support vessel. The acquired data are now being processed for delivery in November.The site is being developed by Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC, who in 2018 won the rights to develop a lease area that can support up to 1,600 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind. The wind farm, scheduled to deliver energy in the mid-2020s, has the potential to power up to 680,000 homes.“We used our offshore-wind-sector expertise to deliver a successful

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SAExploration Wins AsiaPac Deal

depths up to 60 meters.The project is expected to last approximately 55 days and will occur primarily during the fourth quarter of 2019, it said.SAE offers a full range of vertically-integrated seismic data acquisition, data processing and interpretation, and logistical support services throughout North America, South America, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.In addition to the acquisition of 2D, 3D, time-lapse 4D and multi-component seismic data on land, in transition zones and offshore in depths reaching 3,000 meters, SAE offers a full suite of data processing and interpretation services

From Left: Julia Bovey, Director of External Affairs, Equinor Wind US; Fred Zalcman, Head of Market Development, Ørsted; Greg Trauthwein, Editor & Associate Publisher Maritime Reporter & Engineering News; Doug Copeland, Senior Manager for Offshore Wind, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind; Eric Johansson, SUNY Maritime; Alan Hannah, Deputy CEO, Vineyard Wind; and, John Arntzen, Chair, Maritime Industry Museum.

Offshore Wind takes Center Stage at SUNY Maritime

More than 300 executives from the maritime industry, government and academia filled the conference hall at SUNY Maritime as the State University of New York Maritime College and the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler jointly hosted "Offshore Wind Power: Planning For America’s Ocean Energy" today in New York.I was pleased to facilitate the lead panel entitled "East Coast Wind Farm Overview – Status of Industry,” a panel which featured executives from four of the leading companies which are investing and working to make offshore wind power a reality in the U.S.

Doug Copeland. Photo: Atlantic Shores

Atlantic Shores Launches Ocean Survey Ops

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a 50/50 partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America, announced the launch of ocean survey operations today within the Atlantic Shores lease area, in order to inform future turbine development.Survey operations encompass 183,000 acres located 8-20 miles off the New Jersey coast between Barnegat Light and Sea Isle City and are expected to conclude by the end of October, weather permitting.The survey vessel Geosea will be utilized to characterize the seabed, collect samples and determine placement of data collection buoys, which will be

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Ørsted to Deploy GE's 12MW Offshore Turbine

most powerful offshore wind turbine on the market by the global market leader. Offshore wind is a high-growth segment for our company, and like Ørsted, we are enthusiastic about the potential of offshore wind, both in the US and globally.”Following the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm – America’s first offshore wind farm which was commissioned in 2016 and pioneered the 6 MW Haliade turbine – Skipjack and Ocean Wind will be Ørsted’s second and third offshore wind farms to deploy turbines from GE Renewable Energy. In the US, Ørsted has been awarded the rights

NURP's AQUARIUS habitat was first named after George Bond, Pappa Topside. (Photo Credit: OAR/National Undersea Research Program (NURP))

#Oi2020 History

In 1980, NOAA established the National Undersea Research Program (NURP), which at the time, was America’s only federal scientific program that specialized in providing access to undersea technology to help better-manage Earth's last frontier. NURP made undersea technologies available to the scientific community, supported creative partnerships, and conducted groundbreaking research towards the advancement of marine and Great Lakes science.  The program continued until 2007, when it was merged within NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER). Known as the only

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LNGC Containment Market to Reach $16Bln By 2025

,000 cubic meters, 1,50,000 to 1,80,000 cubic meters, 1,25,000 to 1,49,999 cubic meters, and 30,000 to 1,24,999 cubic meters.In 2018, the above 1,80,000 cubic meters segment held the largest market share globally. This is due to the growing LNG demand from emerging economies of the Asia Pacific and Latin America.The Asia Pacific region held the largest share of the LNG carrier containment market globally in 2018, due to rapid industrialization rising demand for large LNG volumes from industrialized economies of China, South Korea, and Japan, which are also the key markets for LNG at the global landscape

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