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OES: Surge in Tidal Energy in 2020

with an acceleration of cross-border R&D projects supported by the European Commission.“OES has also been working closely with the US Department of Energy, Wave Energy Scotland and the European Commission to achieve an internationally accepted approach of performance metrics for ocean energy development. This will be of high value to technology developers, investors and funders. We expect to see many more advances that are positive in 2020 with large investments being made by governments around the world."The OES was launched in 2001 as a technology collaboration program of the International

Philip Adams, Director UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Photo: UMass Dartmouth.

Pioneering Ocean Energy Innovation in New England: Wind and Water

If one is wondering when and if and where the offshore wind business is going to become established, wonder no longer. Massachusetts is the epicenter of the offshore wind business and as such will translate nicely for ocean tide and wave energy development. Synergies in offshore engineering, resource assessment, permitting, construction, and maintenance of ocean wind, wave and tidal energy are obvious but not fully articulated.Sharing lessons learned in “getting steel in the water” was the purpose of the May 23, 2019 2nd Annual Marine Renewable Energy conference. The one day conference was

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Vice President for Government and Political Affairs Tim Charters

NOIA Weighs in on The COASTAL Act

participation in offshore energy production, while still protecting an irreplaceable revenue stream for the U.S. Treasury, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), Historic Preservation, and other important Federal funding priorities. Congress must connect the dots between responsible offshore energy development and the critical funding it can provide the American public. This bill is a step in that direction.“NOIA also urges Congress to examine the potential for distributing offshore energy revenues with Atlantic states in order to share the full bounty of America’s outer continental shelf

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Regulatory Crewing Challenges for Offshore Wind Vessels

.  Certainly, the navigation and marine crew of a vessel possess should and do possess MMDs.  However, typically other personnel serving aboard a vessel do not necessarily possess an MMD.  This is particularly the case with regard to many operations taking place offshore related to energy development on the OCS.  Many industrial-type personnel currently do not possess MMCs.Despite the fact that this law has been on the book for decades, it appears that the Coast Guard is taking a more aggressive stance and there have been some incidents recently in which the Coast Guard has started


AIS Data: History & Future

(NOAA) utilizes AIS data to monitor and analyze fishing activity; improve marine mammal protection; and prioritize charting and surveying based on measured traffic volumes.  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) uses AIS data to support its marine planning needs associated with offshore energy development.  The Maritime Safety and Security Information System (MSSIS) is a government-to-government data sharing network operated by the Department of Transportation.  It combines AIS data from 74 participating nations into a single raw-AIS data stream that collects over 150 million vessel

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US Still Processing Atlantic Seismic Permits

;s five-year plan for oil and gas drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) would be sidelined indefinitely after a March court ruling blocked drilling in the Arctic and part of the Atlantic Ocean.But Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which is responsible for managing energy development on the OCS, continues to review the applications of a half-dozen seismic testing companies awaiting permits to test for oil and gas drilling potential on the Atlantic Ocean floor."BOEM is continuing to process the permit applications for conducting seismic surveys in the Atlantic, consistent

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Japan Group Buys Stake in Taiwan Offshore Wind

;s Yunneng Wind Power for an undisclosed sum, said a joint press release.    By December 2021, Yunneng plans to construct a 640MW wind farm offshore of Yunlin County and sell power to Taiwan Power Company over a 20-year period, using a feed-in tariff scheme under Taiwan’s Renewable Energy Development Act.The project supports Taiwan’s plan to introduce a total of 5.5GW of offshore wind power capacity by 2025 along the west coast of the region, which has been designated as the development area.JXTG intends to acquire expertise in the offshore wind power business, which has great potential

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Mainstay to Build Wave Energy Device

a purpose-built test tank for Bombora at Pembroke Dock, said it will begin building the all-steel structure imminently, with delivery of the fully-assembled device to the company’s ro-ro slipway in spring of next year, ready for load-out and launching.“As major supporters of marine energy development and its potential for the future, we are delighted to have secured this contract,” said Mainstay  managing director, Stewart Graves.“Mainstay has invested heavily to establish ourselves as the ‘go-to’ company for marine energy fabrication projects. Building such

BSEE inspectors monitor a pressure gauge held by an oil worker during a pressure test of temporary equipment on a deepwater facility in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo: BSEE)

Trump Requests $200.5 Mln for BSEE, $193.4 for BOEM

, said the proposed budget includes “some very positive signs for the offshore energy industry,” Luthi said some of the positive signs include increased or continued funding for the safe and responsible development of offshore oil, natural gas and wind, scientific research to inform energy development and exploration, streamlined permitting processes and offshore revenue sharing with states.“However, some of the budget recommendations should be rejected by Congress,” Luthi said. “One example is expanding offshore inspection fees to non-rig units, which has been rejected

McDermott Wins Subsea Work from Shell

subsea capabilities and integrated business model, will help drive efficiency while maintaining our uncompromising commitment to safety and quality."The Great White development, which is operated by Shell Offshore Inc., is a deep-water oil and gas project that has unlocked a new frontier of energy development in the Gulf of Mexico's Lower Tertiary Paleogene. The Shell-operated Perdido Regional Host production hub, which saw first commercial production in 2011, processes oil and gas from the Silvertip, Great White and Tobago fields. The Perdido Host has the capacity to handle 100,000 barrels

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