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US Government Sued Over Atlantic Seismic Testing

Environmental groups opposed to offshore drilling sued the federal government on Tuesday to prevent future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters off the U.S. East Coast.Seismic testing, which uses air gun blasts, violates federal laws that protect marine mammals, endangered species, and national environmental policy, according the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston, South Carolina, against U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and the National Marine Fisheries Service.The U.S. fisheries service in November gave initial permission to five companies to conduct

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Scientist Pool Data to Create the $3B Ocean Map

.That is predicted to become more important in the coming years, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It expects the ocean economy to contribute $3 trillion to the world economy by 2030, up from $1.5 trillion in 2010.POLITICAL RIFTSSome parts of the oceans - the east coast of the United States, areas around Japan, New Zealand and Ireland - are relatively well mapped, experts said. Others, including the West African coast or that off the Caribbean, remain largely blank.The introduction of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), an international

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AREG Membership on the Rise

.Jean Morrison, chair of AREG, said, “It is an exciting period for the renewables industry in Scotland and around the world. We’ve seen Scotland producing enough green energy to power the equivalent of five million homes, and both the EOWDC and Hywind are now generating power off the North-east coast.“It’s been a rapid period of growth for the sector and with more and more companies looking towards an energy transition, it’s encouraging to see so many businesses recognizing the benefits of becoming an AREG member. We are continuing to invest in the organization with the launch

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Argentine Submarine Found After Yearlong Search

the submarine imploding, just two hours after its last contact.The first anniversary of the submarine's disappearance was commemorated at the Mar del Plata naval base on Nov. 15, with President Mauricio Macri in attendance.The crew had been ordered to return to Mar del Plata on the country's east coast. But the vessel was never heard from again.Autonomous Underwater VehiclesOcean Infinity, a U.S. company that can search and map the seabed, was hired by Argentina following the failure of an international operation to find the vessel after it went missing in the South Atlantic.Ocean Infinity used

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ROVs to Investigate Lost Shipping Containers

ship in heavy seas off Australia.The YM Efficiency, operated by Taiwan shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, was sailing from Taiwan to Sydney in early June when it lost dozens of containers overboard amid five-meter swells in the Tasman Sea, about 30 kilometers off Australia's east coast.The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), citing serious potential impacts to local fishing and the environment, said it has been "extremely concerned at the lack of progress in locating the remaining containers" and "the absence of any attempt to assess the need to recover

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Ørsted Concludes Deepwater Wind Acquisition

held by D.E. Shaw group in Deepwater Wind, which was announced in October this year, after securing approval from the US competition authorities.The new combined organization—Ørsted US Offshore Wind—will be able to deliver clean energy to every coastal state in the densely-populated east coast corridor between Massachusetts and Virginia. Seven states in that region have already committed to build more than 10GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.The new company launches as the clear leader in the US market, with the most comprehensive geographic coverage and the largest pipeline of development

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C-MAP Launches High-res Coastal Bathymetry

to our customers, we know that detail is important for planning routes and trolling, however it can be distracting when on the move. Our new HRB also allows users to turn off the layer for a cleaner look while navigating.”The Coastal HRB is available for the following C-MAP MAX-N+ titles:USA East Coast and BahamasUSA West Coast and HawaiiGreat Lakes, North East Coast and ApproachesCentral America and CaribbeanPassamaquoddy Bay to Block IslandCape Cod, Long Island and Hudson RiverBlock Island to NorfolkNorfolk to JacksonvilleFlorida and the BahamasSt. Lucie Inlet to New OrleansNew Orleans to Brownsvill

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Persistent Profiling of the Greater Agulhas Current

the work—Agulhas System Climate Array (ASCA). It is collecting persistent observations for at least five years to explore regional and global impacts—notably climate matters.Extensive & Persistent Current Monitoring off Southern AfricaThe Agulhas Current streams poleward off the east coast of southern Africa. This major current exerts diverse influence—locally and globally. For southern Africa, the Agulhas affects things from marine transport and regional weather to local biodiversity. More globally, the Agulhas water properties are now linked to earth’s climate system

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Pioneer Consulting Hires deGuzman

; (or OTTs) to disaggregated supply of regional systems.A former employee from a leading undersea cable system supplier in the U.S., deGuzmanas managed the implementation of numerous trans-Pacific submarine cable projects. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and is based on the east coast in the U.S

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Orsted Expands US Business with $510 Mln Acquisition

;With this transaction we're creating the number one offshore wind platform in North America," Orsted's offshore wind chief Martin Neubert in a statement.The drive to open America's offshore wind industry has attracted Europe's biggest renewable energy companies, who see the U.S. East Coast as a new frontier after years of success across the Atlantic.Orsted said the acquisition increased its capital expenditure guidance to 23-25 billion Danish crowns ($3.55-3.86 billion) this year from previous guidance of 16-18 billion.The new guidance includes the acquisition price of Deepwater

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

world's largest offshore wind farm will open on Thursday off the northwest coast of England when Danish energy group Orsted unveils the Walney Extension project.The wind farm has a capacity of 659 megawatts (MW), enough to power almost 600,000 homes, and overtakes the London Array off England's east coast which has a capacity of 630 MW.Walney Extension is made up of 87 turbines built by Siemens Gamesa and MHI Vestas, and covers 145 square kilometers (55 square miles), which is equivalent to around 20,000 football pitches.The 40 eight-megawatt MHI Vestas turbines being used stand 195 meters (213

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Shipping Companies Recognized for Efforts to Save Whales

NGOs.The initiative program builds on decades of research by scientists and conservation groups who study the whales’ distribution patterns during their spring-through-fall foraging seasons along with vessel traffic patterns. It is modeled on similar efforts in Southern California and on the East Coast. In addition to providing whale protection benefits such as a reduction in risk of ship strike and a reduction in ocean noise, ships run more efficiently at slower speeds, which results in reduced greenhouse gas and particulate emissions and improves air quality for Bay Area residents.This spring

TE SubCom to Design and Deploy Google's New Cable System

Undersea communications technology firmTE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced it has been selected by Google as the supplier of its Dunant submarine cable system. The four-fiber pair cable system will span over 6,400km and will connect the East Coast of the United States to Europe, adding dedicated capacity to Google’s global network and will enable interconnection to other subsea infrastructure in the region.Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom, said the Dunant cable system will be built using SubCom’s A1 cable family, which is optimized for projects compatible with higher

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Algoma Joins Whale Conservation Efforts

and to acquire more knowledge about these animals. Many of Algoma’s vessels operate in the Saint Lawrence Estuary, where they may come across beluga, harbor porpoise, minke, blue, fin, and humpback whales. Several vessels also navigate in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the Canadian and U.S. East Coast, where they could also come across dolphins, pilot whales, and North Atlantic right whales.MMON initiated the maritime industry’s participation in the data collection about marine mammals in 2015 with Groupe Desgagnés and Canada Steamship Lines, a division of the CSL Group. Green Marine

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Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm Officially Opens

Bank is owned by Ørsted (50 percent), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (25 percent), Sumitomo Corporation (12.5 percent) and funds advised by the Green Investment Group, Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management (12.5 percent) and operated from Ørsted’s East Coast Hub in Grimsby, the U.K.’s largest offshore wind Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base.The project features a new way of carrying out offshore maintenance, using a state of the art Service Operation Vessel (SOV) that remains offshore with technicians working shifts of 14 days on and 14

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US Announces $18.5 Mln for Offshore Wind Research

;s Block Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island), further research is needed to address U.S.-specific conditions. This research will focus on conditions such as:deep water, where floating foundations are required,areas where the seabed conditions are not well understood,the impact of hurricanes on the East Coast, andchallenging environments for installation and operations at sea.DOE said all of these challenges will benefit from industry-wide collaboration to reduce costs and maximize U.S. economic benefits.NYSERDA will administer and coordinate the collaborative R&D activities of the consortium, which

Sri Lanka Signs Deal for $50 Mln Offshore Seismic Study

Sri Lanka on Wednesday signed an agreement with a subsidiary of U.S. firm Schlumberger for a $50 million seismic study off the country's east coast to evaluate any prospective oil resources, a senior government official said.Sri Lanka signed the agreement with Eastern Echo DMCC, a subsidiary of Schlumberger, to carry out seismic data acquisition surveys, advance data processing and interpretation work or modelling of petroleum systems."The main objective of entering into this agreement is to acquire more petroleum data using modern acquisition and processing techniques," Arjuna Ranatunga

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